Summerlee Heritage Park
By kjfitz @ 2010-04-07 16:01:44
Summerlee Heritage Park is an award-winning industrial museum in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow, Scotland. It was built on the site of the old Summerlee Ironworks and incorporated the main workshop of the former Hydrocon Crane factory.
It temporarily closed in 2006, but reopened on 26 September 2008 following a £10m refurbishment (pictured right).
The former main hall was completely redesigned by North Lanarkshire Council's in-house Design Team and now includes a stainless steel café pod and futuristic viewing pavilion. The museum aims to show Lanarkshire's contribution to engineering, and incorporates interactive displays and a children's "Discovery Zone".
The museum also incorporates several railway steam locomotives, preserved carriages from a 1960s era Glasgow Class 311 and has a short working tram line.