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SEDA buildings visits – Garden Bothy Dumfries House/ Robert Burns Museum, Alloway

Thursday 26th May

10.30am-1pm including lunch tbc (Alloway) and 2-5pm (Dumfries)

SEDA has arranged visits to these two very different buildings/ projects located in Dumfries and Galloway –with members of the design team on hand in each case to talk to us about their approach and the proposals.

The Garden Bothy is an unoccupied two-storey 19th century stone-built cottage situated in the grounds of Dumfries House in Ayrshire, which has been undergoing extensive refurbishment and improvement work following thorough modeling of its energy efficiency – pre and post improvement. This is an opportunity for members to hear about and view the Garden Bothy at Dumfries House, a refurbishment project about to complete run by Historic Scotland as part of their research programme on energy efficiency in traditional buildings. The works utilised largely natural materials and traditional techniques to reduce the modelled carbon emissions by 95% with a focus of retention of linings and finishes. Key interventions were a lime concrete floor and hemp and clay board insulation to the ground floor. Monitoring pre and post intervention has confirmed the thermal improvements and ongoing sensors will establish the effect on the mass walls of the insulation measures”.

For details of Historic Scotland work in this area see:



Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway

Designed by Edinburgh-based architects Simpson and Brown, the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is now open to the public and is one of the museums featured in last month’s bulletin – in contention for the £100k Art Fund Prize. It is arranged around a 500 sqm exhibition gallery displaying many of the 5000 artefacts in the Museum’s collection. The new building also accommodates a café opening onto the beautiful mature gardens inherited from an earlier exhibition building, a gift shop and an attractive and welcoming Education Room. The Design Team agreed early on with The National Trust for Scotland that the new museum building should be designed to be as 'green' as was financially possible, and that its ecological features would be an exemplar for other Museum projects, other National Trust for Scotland projects and would be a selling point in their own right.

The sustainable agenda for the new museum has been achieved through the design of passive architectural systems, maximizing the use of natural, minimally processed materials, and the careful integration of relevant modern technology. This ‘green’ agenda was an integral part of the conceptual process and evolved alongside considerations about space making and the aesthetic for the building. Images and more information can be found at: http://www.earchitect.co.uk/scotland/burns_museum.htm

Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served basis’ which will be confirmed on payment of a fee to cover administration and arrangement costs - £15 to members; £30 to non-members excluding any entry fees payable at the Burns Museum. Please contact Mary Kelly to reserve a place: mary@segalselfbuild.co.uk




Ends: 26.05.2011