Skanska completes museum depicting history of Scotland’s rural life

Press release 05/09/2001 00:00 CET

Skanska has finished its project to build and fit out the largest and most important rural life museum in the UK.

The Page & Park designed Museum of Scottish Country Life at Kittochside, East Kilbride is the first to chart the evolution of country and agricultural life in Scotland with a wide range of real artifacts showing how people lived and farmed through the centuries.

Acting as a frontier between modern day Scotland and the rural past, the museum shadows the way people used materials and spaces in farm buildings from years gone by.

The exhibits include the oldest known grain threshing machine in the world, the biggest collection of combine harvesters in Europe, as well as examples of everyday dress and implements.

The 50,000 square foot building, built for National Trust for Scotland, includes a traditional slate roof, timber cladding and concrete frame to give the appearance and feel of a working barn. Other interesting features are an air intake chimney in front and four 30-metre precast structural beams.

Consultants were Harley Haddow, M&E, Will Rudd Associates, structural engineer and Thomas & Adamson, QS.