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“Best Building in Scotland”

Architect: Richard Murphy Architects
Main Contractor: Bam
Client: Fife Council
Value: £13m
Opening date: January 2017

The Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries has been awarded by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s (RIAS) with the Andrew Doolan prize from a shortlist of 12 projects. 

Fife Council also won the Scottish Government’s ‘Client of the Year’ award for their involvement in the project.

The building first opened in 1883 and was the world’s first Carnegie Library. In 2007 Richard Murphy Architects won a competition organised by Fife Council and the RIAS for a new cultural centre in the historic Dunfermline.  

The spectacular £12.4million award-winning building houses a new museum, exhibition galleries, local history reading room, new children’s library and a mezzanine café with stunning views over the landscaped garden to Dunfermline Abbey and the Heritage Quarter.

Externally, the materials are a combination of Ashlar stone, oak and corten steel. A major feature of the museum itself, is that there are internal framed views of significant nearby historic buildings.

Credit: Chris Humphrey

“The project at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries has been a visionary idea pursued tenaciously over more than a decade by our client, Fife Council, so we were delighted they won ‘Client of the Year.’ Their decision to have a competition in turn allowed us to shine at what we are good at; namely grafting contemporary design onto historic buildings and within a special conservation area."
Richard Murphy


Project Manager: David Stephenson

CCN supplied over 70nr doorsets from our fire and acoustic door range.

  • FireZONE doorsets rated up to FD60s
  • SoundZone acoustic doorsets rated up to 46dB
  • European Oak veneered doors with matching Solid European Oak door frames
  • Reduced swin Bifolding toilet doorsets
  • 1100mm wide fire rated doors from our Ensign bespoke door range
  • Pair of 1470mm wide sliding Oak doors. 

Credit: Chris Humphrey

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