Burlington stone creates drama at Eden Court theatre and cinemas
Natural stone from Cumbria-based Burlington has played a pivotal part in the redevelopment of Eden Court – now established as the Highlands’ premier venues for arts and culture.
For the project, which has seen Page/Park architects of Glasgow successfully bring together buildings from three different centuries to create Scotland’s biggest art centre, a number of Burlington’s natural stone products have been specified within the overall interior environment.
Most significant amongst the Burlington products used is silver/grey Brandy Crag honed natural stone that features as flooring within ground and first floor foyer/reception areas. Laid in random running bonds and covering a total of some 1,000sq metres, the Brandy Crag stone features unique ‘Floorscape’ artworks created by artist, Mary Bourne.
Serving to create an interesting artwork from the imagined landscapes of theatre and film on what is a flat and unyielding stone floor surface, Mary’s designs have been sandblasted onto the honed surface. The ground floor foyer artwork uses a number of simple and identifiable symbols not dissimilar to those used on OS maps, which act as landmarks within the fluid space and help orientate visitors around this part of Eden Court. From the elevated position of the first floor foyer, Mary has created three additional areas of imagery that identify with ‘hovering above’ the landscape below.
For further continuity to the use of the Burlington stone, Page/Park has also specified Brandy Crag skirtings that complement the floor finish, as well as step treads featuring anti-slip inlays for the main circulation staircases. Both male and female washrooms are also adorned with honed Brandy Crag vanity units – surface mounted with basins and tap - and splashbacks. The stone finishes were installed by sub-contractors, Tedesco on behalf of main contractors, Robertson Northern Limited.
Commenting on the specification of the Burlington stone, Page/Park Associate Director, Nicola Walls said: “Not only is Burlington’s natural stone extremely high quality, which made it an excellent choice for a project of this magnitude, it is long lasting and visually very appealing in situ.”