Dundee Science Centre Appoints Local Firm for Ambitious Refurbishment
Published on 1 May 2020
Dundee Science Centre has appointed a local business to turn ambitious 20th birthday refurbishment plans into a reality.
Bespoke joinery manufacturer and interior fit-out specialists Bentleys Shopfitting will be the Main Contractor for the £2M CONNECT project which will transform the ground floor of the visitor attraction.
As part of a contract worth £800,000, Bentleys will work alongside Aim Design, who will provide a full range of architectural and exhibition design services, Christie & Partners, Elders Consulting Engineers and David Narro Associates.
The Centre, which originally opened in 2000, is reimagining and upgrading the ground-floor facilities and integrating widening access, transforming the visitor attraction into an even more accessible community hub. The development will see the coffee shop transformed into an inspiring Gathering Place with improved scope for events, talks and workshops celebrating community work, as well as a new welcome area, under 7’s exhibition area, sensory zone and brand new interactive exhibits.
Works are due to commence later this year, with the project due to be officially unveiled in early 2021.
Welcoming the contract, Grant Montgomery, Managing Director of Bentleys said, “As a local, employee-owned company, Bentleys is delighted to have been selected as Main Contractor to deliver this fantastic project. We are looking forward to working closely with both the staff of Dundee Science Centre and the team at Aim Design. The project will involve a large amount of bespoke joinery manufacturing, some of which requires contractor design assistance which will make excellent use of the highly skilled CAD Technicians and Joinery workforce based at our Dundee factory. This really is great news and will give everyone at Bentleys a boost as we look to move forward and out of the current crisis.”
Lorraine Lemon, Head of Business and Operations, Dundee Science Centre added, “We are delighted to have appointed Bentleys to turn our vision into a reality, a local business with an excellent reputation for quality and craftsmanship.
“In conjunction with Aim Design, we are confident of creating exhibits, environments and programmes which will reflect everyone’s needs, making the centre a relevant and welcoming place to visit and enjoy. We very much look forward to seeing the project take shape and sharing our innovative vision as a centrepiece of learning and engagement which Dundee and Scotland can be proud of.”
For over 30 years, Bentleys has gained an enviable reputation for its quality products, all manufactured in-house in its Dundee factory, and first-class fit-out service. The firm’s team of fine craftsmen and state-of-the-art machinery allow Bentleys to produce well-crafted and robust products, which not only look beautiful but are built to last.
NOTE TO EDITORS
CONNECT is funded by The Inspiring Science Fund, a £30 million capital scheme to support science centres across the UK, helping them rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.
The aims of the fund are to revitalise the offer of existing science centres through capital development, such as new exhibition spaces and learning centres, and the opportunity to develop meaningful and inclusive engagement with under-served and underrepresented audiences, engaging and inspiring new visitors. This opportunity to refresh how science centres are operating will lead to more sustainable business models and contribute to science centre sector development through shared learning.
The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome.