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January 13, 2020
Arts & Culture

Great Tapestry of Scotland Gallery


Arts & Culture

Great Tapestry of Scotland Gallery

The design for the Great Tapestry of Scotland Gallery, and in particular the roof, was inspired by Galashiels. The town sits within a valley framed by the Eildon Hills. The roofscape of the town can be characterised by a folding landscape of pitched roofs, dormers, turrets and gables. The complex, origami-style folding roof of the Tapestry Gallery responds to this context.

Within the building, the tapestry gallery is a single space, approximately 635m2, and occupies the whole of the first floor. The design required an interrupted gallery floor with no columns intruding into the space, so a steel structure allowed us to create the clear span.

Working with Goodson’s Associates (Structural Engineer) and Hescott Engineering (Steel Fabricator) the steel structure made this complicated design achievable. It gave us the flexibility to design the roof exactly the way we wanted it, without limitations on the overall form. The steel erection programme required the central element of the rooflight to be the initial part to be installed. A large 3.7m-diameter ring beam, weighing 5.2 tonnes, was lifted into place and held up by a temporary support. Once this fully welded ring beam had been surveyed and adjusted to its correct position, the roof rafters were incrementally installed with bolted connections, along with their supporting columns. To create the folding style of the roof, each of the rafters, which are up to 17.5m-long, are positioned at varying pitches.

The gallery is due to open to the public in Spring 2021.