Drumfries’ new state-of-the-art Sliabh Sneacht Heritage Centre has been shortlisted for a prestigious Pride of Place Award.
The IPB Pride of Place awards acknowledges the work that communities are doing all throughout the country, with a focus on people coming together to shape, change and improve their daily lives.
The centre, which is still in the process of being finished, will be officially opened by the family of the late Tip O’Neill on September 12. The O’Neill family also performed the ‘Turning of the Sod’ Ceremony in September 2012.
There will be a short concert by ‘The Henry Girls’ and Dinny McLaughlin at 3:00pm followed by the official opening ceremony at around 3:30pm.
It is understood that a panel of Pride of Place judges, who recently visited the Heritage Centre, were impressed by the high-spec design and finish of the building, which is situated near the North Pole Bar in Drumfries.
Chairman of the centre, Kevin Doherty, explained that the judges were impressed with many modern innovations that make it one of the most carbon efficient buildings in the country, including Air Source Heat Pumps which power the underfloor heating and hot water throughout the building.
The judges also applauded the intensive involvement of the local community and their original fundraising work to get the building of the centre off the ground.
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