Lamer Island Battery

A wide range of organisations and individuals care for the historic environment across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Organisation: rankinfraser landscape architecture
Project title: Lamer Island Battery, Dunbar

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Dunbar is a historic harbour town on the east coast of Scotland. This project is created a new public space within the Lamer Island Battery. This defensive bastion was built in 1781 to protect the town. The site subsequently housed a hospital for infectious diseases and was a military hospital during WW1. Latterly a ruin, it remained full of potential due to its stunning location, history and intriguing topography.

Our design seeks to exploit the site’s palimpsest through the repair and conservation of the historic structure whilst transforming the space with the integration of a new amphitheatre, and artwork.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 8 – Improve or maintain the state of Scotland’s historic sites and places

12 – Increase the number and range of people who learn about the historic environment

13 – Increase the number and range of people visiting the historic environment

Contact name: Kirsty Knott
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Reviewed: August 2019