Our vision for the future
Why we’re doing it
Scotland's amazing marine wildlife and our marine environment are of international importance. However, they are facing increasing pressure and threats. The Scottish Government has launched a National Marine Plan and designated a number of Marine Protected Areas, recognising the importance of Scotland’s coasts and seas. The project will enable us to increase wider understanding of the importance of the marine environment and wildlife, and create more opportunities for people to get involved.
Since opening in May 2000, our staff, volunteers and trustees have worked hard to deliver an award-winning visitor experience as well as inspiring education and conservation programmes. We receive a huge amount of interest from schools and visitors about Scotland’s coasts and sea life and our aim is to build on that interest with the 'National Marine Centre'.
for the BBC's Making Scotland's Landscape: The Sea.
What might it look like?
The existing education centre building will have an additional floor added to accommodate the demand for school visits. In addition, the existing Centre will be enlarged and enhanced to create vital additional space for exhibitions and events.
We have undertaken some initial work with architects and designers to produce some drawings and concepts to show a possible solution. Please see the image above.
Please click HERE for a video flythrough of the proposed building.
Click HERE for the ground level plans.
Click HERE for the lower ground level plans.
What will be delivered?
The project will deliver a variety of new programmes, events, exhibitions and activities. Here’s just some of what we’re planning…
• New education programmes about marine heritage. This will include outreach activities across Scotland which will bring exciting and dynamic marine education programmes to communities and classrooms all over Scotland.
• The development of new and upgraded exhibition space will enable the Centre to more fully interpret the marine environment and wildlife, creating a wide range of interactive and changing exhibits that will inform and inspire visitors about their marine heritage.
• We’re planning on working in partnership with other organisations, including universities, to share insights from local, national and worldwide research.
How are we delivering this?
We have a full-time Project Director, a part-time Project Officer, and a Fundraising Manager at the Centre, as well as a Strategic Group which includes trustees. We also have wider support from other key organisations. In addition, a Marine Advisory Group has been set up to provide specialist advice and expertise to the project team on marine-related content and activities.
We are currently running a major fundraising campaign to secure the £5.5million required for the project.
When will the National Marine Centre open?
We hope that construction work can start in late 2018 with the new centre opening to the public in spring 2020 – the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters.
Community consultation sessions have been undertaken. These were well attended and the feedback was extremely useful. There was strong support for increasing the role of the charity to inspire people about Scotland’s amazing marine environment and wildlife, ensuring that they are safeguarded for future generations to appreciate, use and enjoy.
The architects are currently looking at how key suggestions on the building design can be included in the design (for example pitched roofs on the Education Centre and Observatory) before a planning application is submitted in the near future. Updated plans will be added on this page soon.
If you have questions, comments, suggestions or would like to find out more about the project, please get in touch at email@example.com