Scottish Borders Council have approved planning permission for the new Great Tapestry of Scotland Gallery at Tweedbank designed by Page\Park Architects. The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a linear pictorial history of Scotland depicting key events going back 12,000 years. It is the world’s longest tapestry at 143 metres (469 ft) long. The tapestry was created by hundreds of people working in sewing groups around Scotland with each panel taking around 500 hours to sew. It was first unveiled in September of 2013 at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and is now set to find it’s permanent home in the Borders.
The new gallery is envisaged over two levels with the main Tapestry display on the first floor and the reception, shop, temporary gallery, cafe and other supporting spaces on the ground floor. At the heart of the proposal is the creation of a special room to house the tapestry under a beautiful and distinctive roof on the first floor. Inspiration for the roof is the flower of the thistle echoed by the filigree of roof members & display panel structure. The external form of the building reflects its function as a plinth to a remarkable gallery above. It is proposed the first floor gallery is wrapped externally in a solid, decorative skin that would create a unique and iconic image for the building, worthy of this great artwork. The ground floor would then be wrapped in glass to create an open and easy flow of movement from the new train station, street and surrounding communities into the building.