Building work starts on Westonbirt Arboretum visitor centre
1:12pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
CONSTRUCTION work has started on a new information building at Westonbirt Arboretum which will provide information on the tree collection at the centre before visitors walk around it.
The Welcome Building will be completed in summer 2014 and is part of a project to relocate the Arboretum's car park and restore the its Grade I Registered down land.
The building will be home to The Christopher Mitchell Information Centre, an interpretation and information space which will help visitors to gain a better understanding of Westonbirt.
Simon Toomer, Director of Westonbirt Arboretum said:“Westonbirt’s Victorian creator Robert Holford would have personally introduced his guests to the trees and landscape here – we’d like to do the same for our visitors using the Welcome Building.
This is a really exciting time for Westonbirt. The Welcome Building is so important for improving the welcome we give to our visitors, and in enabling everyone who visits us to feel more connected to the Arboretum’s trees and their stories.”
The Project has been funded by The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, Forestry Commission, a £1.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £500,000 Biffa Award and gifts from a number of foundations, trusts and generous individuals.
Douglas fir sustainably sourced from the UK and other sustainable design features will be incorporated into the building.
The single storey building has been designed to fit around the Arboretum’s landscape and will incorporate space for ticket sales, membership, mobility scooter loan and toilets.
After parking in the already constructed new car park, visitors will enter the Welcome Building to pay admission or show their membership cards on foot, rather than queuing in their cars.
Once building work has finished work will begin on another project involving an ambitious aerial walkway and a tree management centre.
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