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The New Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Scotland

Products used: Macalloy tension rods

Background: Macalloy tension bars are used throughout the building to provide bracing for the glulam structure. The Architects were chosen by the National Trust of Scotland to redevelop the existing Robert Burns National Heritage Park.

Robert Burns is considered the best loved Scottish poet and it is hard to visit Scotland without noticing many of the statues dedicated to his life.  Born in 1784, he became a successful author of numerous poetry books and in the latter part of his short lived life, his love of music, led him to produce and edit folk songs aimed at preserving the heritage and culture of Scotland.

The New Robert Burns Museum was built in 2010 and opened to the public on St Andrews day. It holds many exhibits reflecting his life and achievements, a welcoming café for visitors, and beautiful, mature gardens for everyone to enjoy. The building is a gem and sympathetically designed taking into consideration sustainable products and natural resources. It’s constructed using Douglas fir and European redwood and is designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Macalloy involvement: Two solutions for bracing have been used on this project. In one location the Macalloy bars have been used with a bracing disc. Each disc was manufactured to a bespoke size and four Macalloy bars attached to the disc, reaching to a fixed point with a turnbuckle fork at the end of the rod. These turnbuckles enable tensioning onsite to provide further flexible tensioning if required. In another area of the building, the Macalloy Tension rods cross in the structure, showing the advantage of using a cross coupler where here, the aperture is smaller and where a disc system may not be suitable.

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Macalloy The New Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Scotland Glulam Structures








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