A T.R.E.E.-mendous asset for everyone

Chris Parr (CEO, Tullis Group) & Provost Jim Leishman with pupils from Auchmuty HS, Glenrothes
Chris Parr (CEO, Tullis Group) & Provost Jim Leishman with pupils from Auchmuty HS, Glenrothes

A building with a vision for the future

Fife’s growing reputation as Scotland’s eco-friendly region has been strengthened with the opening of the Tullis Russell Environmental Education Centre (T.R.E.E.).

Civic leaders, councillors and community groups gathered at the new million-pound centre in Markinch, which now occupies the site of the paper mill’s former social club.

The state-of-the-art centre, which has been hailed as a blueprint for how environmentally-friendly buildings of the future should be constructed, is the result of a four year project.

Developed in close partnership with the Community Councils of North Glenrothes, Markinch, Finglassie, Stenton and Pitteuchar, the Centre’s vision to deliver a lasting legacy to the local area emerged at the time of Tullis Russell’s 200 year anniversary in 2009.

Chris Parr, CEO of Tullis Russell and T.R.E.E. Board member said “Huge credit must go to the Russell Trust, Keep Scotland Beautiful and our local Community Council partners for making it a reality.

“Tullis Russell’s involvement in this ground breaking project stemmed from a real desire to give something back to the community that has supported our existence for over 200 years.”

The cost of the centre was met with the help of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Climate Challenge Fund which donated £497,000 and a combined £350,000 from Tullis Russell and The Russell Trust.

Designed by Architect Richard Atkins and boasts a 59-seater auditorium, exhibition space , conference room and a number of interactive displays.

The public got their first glimpse of the new building in October as part of Fife’s Doors Open Day event.

MSP Tricia Marwick hailed the new T.R.E.E Centre a “true vision of how future construction should be conducted”.

She added: “The fact that the project involved the ideas and input of the people of Glenrothes, Markinch and the surrounding communities is further confirmation of the forward thinking vision this new facility represents. Not only is it a fantistic new addition, it also carries an important environmental message.”