John Gray Centre

Key facts

Client: Heritage Lottery Fund
Value: 7.56 Million
Architect: Gray Marshall & Associates
M&E Consultants: KJ Tait Engineers
Structural Engineers: David Narro Associates
Contractor: McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd

Services Provided

  • Project Monitoring


  • Conservation

The John Gray Centre was a £7.56 Million project which provided a sustainable reuse for four listed buildings in the conservation area of Haddington Town Centre and which houses the region’s archives, including items being returned from the National Archive for Scotland. The museum and exhibition space created has allowed the John Gray Centre to become the main exhibition centre for the Museums Service in East Lothian. The Centre provides 1664 sq metres of accommodation over three floors and includes: 

  • Archive store 
  • Local History search area
  • Museum / Exhibition / Display
  • Branch Library
  • Archive workroom
  • Open Learning
  • Activity space
  • Offices and administration areas

The project also provides:

  • A public search room to facilitate community research into local archives,
  • A new activity space to host education and community events related to archives, collections and exhibitions
  • Two new exhibition spaces, one which houses a permanent exhibition and the other, temporary displays.

2M Associates Ltd were appointed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Belfast Office to provide Project Monitoring services, undertaking reviews of the project at pre-determined intervals and reporting on:

  • Progress of all relevant Project activities against the programme
  • Project Expenditure (actual / forecast against budget)
  • Proposed and Actual changes to the project and their likely effect / impact on the approved purposes
  • Any contractual arrangements or claims affecting the project
  • Applications for project finance drawdown
  • Recommendations for action by the funder / monitor

We also attended Quarterly Project Board Meetings as the HLF representative, liased with the HLF Project Officer on current issues and provided advice / guidance to the John Gray Centre project team on HLF procedural issues.

At all times we ensured that the project was on track to deliver on its approved purposes; that the risks to the HLF were fully understood and managed; that best practice was achieved at all times and that the financial and project management was sound and transparent.