The Pier Arts Centre houses one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century British art in the Orkney Islands. Located in Stromness, the project required the original 18th century listed buildings – originally owned by the recruiting agent for the Hudson’s Bay Company – to be sympathetically extended.
The need for visitor comfort and the environmental needs of the precious collection were addressed through the comprehensive M&E engineering design solutions prepared by KJ Tait. Services were carefully integrated with the architecture in keeping with the sensitivity demanded by this historically rich project.
The project received recognition including the RIBA National Award 2008 and the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture Best Building in Scotland 2007. Funding for this stunning conversion was provided by Orkney Islands Council, European Union, Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Arts Council.