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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum tops out

27 May 2010

The Topping Out ceremony has been completed at the new £21m Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway in Ayrshire.

Capita Symonds’ Glasgow office is providing project management services on the project on behalf of client The National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

The museum is part of a major redevelopment of the Burns National Heritage Park which marks the 250th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Scheduled to open in August 2010, the museum will house the Trust’s collection of Burns’ works and other articles, making it the most important Burns collection in the world.

The project - which is backed by NTS Patron HRH Prince Charles and Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond – is designed to bring Burns to life for the 21st century, celebrating his life, work and contribution to Scottish culture. It also includes a raft of sustainable features including the use of ground source heat pumps, labyrinth heating, a heat sink wall, a sedum roof and locally sourced materials throughout (all timber will be Scottish). 

The project is due for completion in November 2010.