Event appointed to the National Marine Centre project

92% want to learn more about the marine environment

Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of Event for the National Marine Centre project.

Award-winning and internationally recognised, Event is one of Europe’s leading experience design agencies. Their role with the National Marine Centre (a working title) is to create a series of new interactive and exciting exhibitions that will bring-to-life Scotland’s amazing marine habitats and species. This is in collaboration with the National Marine Centre’s ‘Marine Advisory Group’, led by Professor John Baxter, with expertise being drawn from scientists, researchers and academic organisations from all over Scotland.

A public survey undertaken as part of the project has revealed 92% of respondents were interested to know more about the marine environment, but there are limited platforms to communicate the research and conservation projects that are currently being undertaken. The exhibitions in the National Marine Centre will be designed to inform and inspire people of all ages about life above and below the waves.

Steve Simons, Executive Creative Director at Event, said: “Developing the already successful Seabird Centre into a National Marine Centre is an inspired idea. All around the world there is an understanding that the oceans are an integral element of the earth’s survival, yet we are unaware of another project that will have the proposed focus this Centre will have.

“Event is very excited to be given the opportunity to build upon the success of the Seabird Centre and provide a series of dynamic displays that will invite audiences to enjoy and understand Scotland’s remarkable marine life, as well as highlight the important research and conservation work that is being undertaken.”

With over 30 years’ experience, Event has worked on several high-profile projects such as the Roman Baths in Bath, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (awarded European Museum of the Year 2016); Titanic Belfast; the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre and Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

They are also currently redesigning the permanent galleries of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow; as well as Canterbury Journey at Canterbury Cathedral; Naturalis National Natural History Museum of the Netherlands; Biotopia – Bavarian Museum of Natural History & Life Science; Strandings Museum in Denmark, the Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales in Odense, Denmark and the National Army Museum in London, due to open Spring 2017.

Grace Martin, Project Director for the National Marine Centre, said: “The National Marine Centre presents an opportunity for the Seabird Centre not only to diversify, but to meet the demand for education and conservation programmes, new activities and events, as well as enhancing the exhibition space.

“Event has a fantastic track record and it is great to bring their wealth of experience to the project. They really understand the necessity to attract new audiences, but also take our current supporters on the journey with us as the National Marine Centre develops.”

Original Seabird Centre architects to work on National Marine Centre project

Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of Simpson & Brown Architects for the National Marine Centre project.

The Simpson & Brown team worked on the original, award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre building which opened to the public in May 2000. The Seabird Centre has become a very popular landmark building and has won several architectural and sustainability awards.

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The success of the Seabird Centre led to Simpson & Brown being appointed to design other visitor attractions. Over the last 16 years they have worked on, and won awards for, a range of high profile visitor-related projects including the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Dawyck Gateway at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre, York Art Gallery and, most recently, Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre and Museum to name but a few. They also designed the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club building at Aberlady.

With over 38 years’ experience, Simpson & Brown specialise in conservation projects, creative adaption of existing buildings and the design of environmentally-sound initiatives. The project team will be led by Partner, Andy Davey, with Partner, Susan Whittle and Associate, Jenny Phillips.

Andy Davey, Partner at Simpson & Brown Architects, said: “Our team is delighted to be involved with the National Marine Centre Project. We are immensely proud of the Seabird Centre building and believe we are ideally placed to develop and strengthen the design to make it even more inspirational as well as functional for visitors and staff.

“Our work focuses on respecting the past and responding to the challenges for the future, particularly with regards to environmentally sound, sustainable design. As these aspects will be a core focus for the National Marine Centre project we look forward to researching, consulting and developing the designs in partnership with the Seabird Centre team and key stakeholders.”

Grace Martin, Project Director for the National Marine Centre, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Simpson & Brown. Andy and his team have a very strong association with the current building and a wealth of experience in visitor attractions, sustainability and sympathetic design.

“It is still very early days with the project and we are currently in a period of public consultation. Going forward, Simpson & Brown will be keen to engage with visitors and non-visitors alike to help them identify how best to enhance the existing, iconic Seabird Centre building”.

The aim of the National Marine Centre is to help people discover more about our amazing marine environment and wildlife – life above and below the waves – including seabirds. It will present the opportunity for the Centre to achieve more of its charitable objectives by expanding and diversifying its education and conservation programmes, developing new activities and events, and enhancing the exhibition space. The National Marine Centre is the working title for this innovative project.

The public survey for the project is currently still open, closing on Monday 7 November: https://www.seabird.org/national-marine-centre/your-say/43/231