The elaborately-carved interior of this 15th-century chapel was made famous by Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’, increasing annual visitor numbers from 30,000 to 175,000 in the aftermath of the blockbuster film.
In 2007, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland awarded the chapel £7M to undertake conservation work and to create an extensive new visitor centre capable of accommodating 80,000 visitors a year.
Momentum provided engineering design services to the specialist timber contractor. The oak-framed visitor centre comprises a green-oak, post-and-beam structure supporting longitudinal scissor bracing to create a dramatic and welcoming space.
Client . Carpenter Oak and Woodland
Architect . Page \ Park