THE GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND

DETAILED BUSINESS CASE: A NEW VISITOR CENTRE FOR THE GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND

Scottish Borders Council

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is currently Scotland’s largest community-arts project. Devised by internationally renowned author Alexander McCall-Smith in 2010, the Tapestry was sewn by over 1,000 stitchers aged from 4 to 94 working in local groups across the country. The completed artwork was launched at the Scottish Parliament in September 2013, attracting over 30,000 visitors. In 2013, Jura Consultants completed a Feasibility Study for Scottish Borders Council examining the possibility of providing a permanent home for the Tapestry. We were subsequently appointed, in conjunction with a multi-disciplinary design team, to provide a detailed business case for a new visitor centre to be located in the Scottish Borders. The project required full market appraisals of various possible sites, examined the potential for income generation, and considered the potential governance, management and staffing structure. We also provided a thorough financial appraisal, assessed the potential economic impact, and conducted a risk assessment.

The business case informed the decision by the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council to commit funding of £2.5 million and £3.5 million respectively to the development of the project in December 2014.