Plans to house Great Tapestry of Scotland in Borders village

Tweedbank tapestry house2Plans have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council for a new gallery to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Page\Park Architects have drawn up plans for a two-storey building close to the train station in the village of Tweedbank where the new Borders railway is scheduled to terminate when it opens next month.

Currently moving round the country on an exhibition tour, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is the longest embroidered tapestry in the world at 143 metres long but lacks a permanent gallery space capable of doing it justice.

Tweedbank tapestry house3The application from Page\Park includes plans for a reception, shop, temporary gallery and café built on the ground floor to cater for the expected tourist hordes, with the tapestry itself located on the floor above.

The main roof structure over the Tapestry Gallery would echo the flower of the thistle through a filigree of roof members and the display panel structure.

Externally the first floor of the visitor centre will be clad in precast concrete panels with cast-in artwork developed in conjunction with Andrew Crummy, the artist responsible for creating the tapestry within.

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