Project Completion at Stirling Castle

Project Completion at Stirling Castle

We’re delighted to announce the completion of our Exhibition Fit Out project for the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum at Stirling Castle.

It was an honour to be appointed to carry out this project and deliver a visitor experience of world-class quality, telling the inspirational stories of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, their heritage and history. The Museum also explores Scotland’s social history – sport, music and family life – and the wider context of the Highland Clearances, shipbuilding and industrialisation.

The project was unfortunately interrupted between late March and mid July due to the COVID 19 lockdown, however our proactive team were able to store and stockpile all our necessary equipment and materials at the Regiment’s facility in Forthside, ready to restart work as soon as it was possible. We were soon able to get back on site, where we were among the first in our industry to establish new COVID Operating Procedures (on site, in our factory and at our HQ offices) after the first lockdown.

Our works to this prestigious Exhibition included manufacture and installation of bespoke joinery, setworks and plinths, installation of powder coated graphic frames and management of our supply chain carrying out the specialist packages in Showcases, Graphics, Interactives and AV Hardware.

We seamlessly integrated the AV hardware, including screens, into our setworks pre-delivery, and a range of Interactives and Showcases, both stand alone and integrated, were also successfully installed on-site.

The Museum’s redevelopment took place inside the King’s Old Buildings within the Castle, enhancing its current offering to visitors, providing a unique opportunity to explore these beautiful buildings and gain an understanding of their history and significance.

Developing our already extensive experience within scheduled monuments, historic buildings and live environments we have worked closely with Historic Environment Scotland, alongside Base Build contractor Taylor and Fraser and exhibition designer PLB on this exciting exhibition. The particular complexities and implications of the project, and the close involvement of Historic Environment Scotland, meant daily meetings and approval from the body were necessary before any work was undertaken.

To elaborate, given that the Castle is a scheduled monument, no fixing to any historic stone is permitted unless into mortar joints or modern linings. Thus, we called on our resourcefulness and innovation skills wherever possible – in regards to the fixing restrictions – by designing and manufacturing setworks to be stand alone when built with the weight transferred to both the modern flooring and ceiling.

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The Museum’s centuries-old structure, location and position presented a range of logistical challenges. The access route for all deliveries to the Exhibition Fit Out passed via the Castle Esplanade over a drawbridge and through a narrow archway to the Guard House Square, all surrounded by historic stonework which needed diligent protection. This naturally meant some significant size and weight restrictions for all vehicles and deliveries. Furthermore, the building was also occupied by museum staff and visitors throughout the fit out works and we ensured their Health & Safety was the priority at all times, with clear signage in place and suitable hoarding separating them from the working areas.

We are delighted to have successfully delivered this finished Exhibition which demonstrates our team’s ingenuity and problem-solving approach. One additional room – the Douglas Room – will be completed for the Museum by the year end.

Funding for the Museum’s refurbishment was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and other donors. The Museum hopes to open its doors to visitors from March 2021.