organised jointly with Europa Nostra UK

Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art
University of Edinburgh, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, See map here

5.30 – 7.00pm

(followed by a wine and nibbles reception on the balcony of the Sculpture Court)

The Abbotsford Project: Romantic Rationalism

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2014

Mark Hopton, Partner, LDN Architects



Abbotsford is the world famous creation of Sir Walter Scott, Scotland’s greatest writer and arguably the most influential Scot who has ever lived. The £10million pound project included a comprehensive programme of fabric conservation and upgrading; collections conservation; alterations to form new support facilities including accommodation for short-term let; and construction of a new car park and visitor centre housing interpretation spaces, a destination café and a shop in one of the most important designed landscapes in Scotland.

 The Abbotsford project won the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in 2014, as well as a number of other awards.

Mark Hopton is a partner in LDN Architects and was responsible for leading the design team responsible for the Abbotsford Project.  He is RIAS Conservation Accredited at Advanced Level and has delivered a number of award-winning conservation projects including Newhailes for the National Trust for Scotland; the fifteen year development of Stanley Mills, another Europa Nostra Award winner; and the redevelopment of the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.  He learned a lot about Sir Walter during the course of the project and has even managed to read a number of his books.

The Masterclass will be chaired by Dr. Lester Borley CBE, a former chairman of Europa Nostra UK.



e-pay Full series      £180 (45 students)
e-pay Individual masterclasses      £20 (£5 students)
Students must present a valid ID card at the door.

EVENTBRITE     UoE staff and students only (with valid ID card)