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Official opening of the Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage

17 Nov 2023

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) newly refurbished Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage has been officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The project relocated the museum to its initial home at the McDonald Road Community Fire and Ambulance Station, where it functioned for 25 years before its move to Lauriston Place.

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Pick Everard helped SFRS realise its vision through a management services package including project management, cost management and contract administration. The project was commissioned via Perfect Circle and procured through the SCAPE Consultancy framework.

Jamie Marshall, director at Pick Everard, said: “It’s fantastic to see this new state-of-the-art facility officially opened, which celebrates Edinburgh’s firefighting heritage. The community engagement centre will be used to educate local children through historical artefacts and interactive displays.

“We're proud to have played a pivotal role in transforming the Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage. Working in a live environment, it was key for the project team to navigate the site effectively, operating across a fully functioning fire station throughout the construction process.

The scheme has also refurbished the iconic McDonald Road Community Fire and Ambulance Station. Built in the 1960s, it has significantly transformed from a traditional fire station to a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility.

Jamie added: “The refurbished McDonald Road Community Fire and Ambulance Station stands as a testament to the collaborative spirit of all the team involved, blending history with modernity and serving as a beacon of knowledge and community engagement.”