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Prestigious award win and 'phenomenal public response' for reopened National Musem of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland has been experiencing impressive numbers of visitors since it reopened to the public following extensive renovation works in the summer of 2011. Gareth Hoskins Architects received the £25,000 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Award for their stunning transformation of the space which the awards jury described as a ‘truly world class museum’.

Speaking on the win, Director of National Museums Scotland, Dr Gordon Rintoul, commented: “Gaining this award underlines the huge success of the redevelopment on every level. There has been a phenomenal public response to the transformation of the building, the new displays and the work we have done in making the museum more open and accessible. It is wonderful to receive this formal recognition for the work undertaken by Gareth Hoskins and all the rest of the team.”

The £47m redevelopment saw the National Museum of Scotland close to the public for over three years and forms part of Gareth Hoskins’ 15 year masterplan project with the institution. The firm led a team of consultants and contractors including David Narro Associates, Max Fordham LLP, Gardiner & Theobald, Ralph Appelbaum & Associates, and Balfour Beatty.

All images: Andrew Lee

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