<span>National</span><span>Collections</span><span>
Centre</span><span>Granton</span>

National Collections Centre Granton

National Collections Centre Granton

Collaborating with Hoskins Architects, this new 6,000m² storage facility increased the space available to National Museums of Scotland for storage of their collections.

The building was designed to house natural sciences and archaeology collections with additional staff laboratory spaces.

Our strategy for controlling environmental conditions was based on a passive design approach, including high performance building fabric and air tightness, augmented by precisely controlled mechanical systems for maintaining stable temperature and humidity conditions.

The facility included 350m² of storage dedicated to marine biology specimens stored in ethanol. This required the use of ATEX rated lighting and electrical equipment in conjunction with specialist ventilation and vapour detection systems to minimise and monitor the presence of flammable vapour. The building incorporated a specialist automatic ethanol delivery system to laboratory workspaces to facilitate safe replenishment of specimen containers. 

Architect

Hoskins Architects

Value

£10M

Completion

2014

Client

National Museums Scotland

Gillian Hayes Info
Highly efficient building enveloped and responsive plant allowed the building to achieve an A rated EPC while maintaining closely controlled environmental conditions.
Gillian Hayes Info
Natural history and archaeology specimens were grouped into distinct rooms to allow us to create the best environmental conditions for each collection without excessive energy demand.
GIllian Hayes Info
Services were carefully coordinated with storage furniture to allow easy movement of large objects and roller racking
Gillian Hayes Info
The internal environment was designed to facilitate the research activities of conservation staff without compromising the needs of sensitive objects.

The new storage facility in Granton for National Museums of Scotland.

Image: Gillian Hayes

Architect

Hoskins Architects

Value

£10M

Completion

2014

Client

National Museums Scotland