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21 June 2011

Mott MacDonald-designed services technology completes refurbishment at Stirling Castle

Mott MacDonald is celebrating completion of the £12 million refurbishment of the royal palace at Stirling Castle. The consultancy was appointed by Historic Scotland as mechanical and electrical building services engineer on the fourth phase of works to the renovation project, which has returned the six ground floor apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they might have looked in the mid-16th century. The official opening took place on 4 & 5 June 2011.

The project comprised the conservation and refurbishment of the Renaissance palace and associated areas. Years of research was carried out by archaeologists, historians and other scholars with the aim that every detail would be as authentic as possible.

The palace at Stirling Castle was built for James V and forms one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in Britain. The main construction elements comprised conservation works to the external masonry and sculpture as well as repairs to remaining internal historic fabric including engineering works to the surviving floor and ceiling structure. It also included refurbishment of the upper floors to form a new Renaissance Gallery and redecoration of the Royal Lodgings as they might have been in the 1540s. The Old Chapel, Palace Vaults, the King’s Old Building vault and ancillary accommodation have also been refurbished for day visitors and evening guests.

Mott MacDonald carried out detailed design of mechanical and electrical building services. Designs included the installation of cold water storage tanks and booster pump sets, garden irrigation, under-floor heating, mechanical heat recovery ventilation as well as general, emergency and specialist lighting. In addition, lighting control, data hubs and a fire sprinkler mist system were installed.

Andrew Oldfield Mott MacDonald’s project director said, “This is a very interesting project for us, which has involved the use of modern technologies to recreate a building that dates back to the sixteenth century. Throughout the process the installation had to remain sympathetic to this historic building and adapt as more and more of the original fabric was revealed. We are proud to be associated with a project that helps restore such an icon of Scotland's heritage and hope that visitors to the castle will benefit from all the work which Historic Scotland has now implemented.”

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