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Work to create a new eco-friendly Visitor and Education Centre at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve is well underway. Construction began at the thatched barn adjacent to the Iron Age Double Dykes in August 2012, with funding secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project.
The new centre, due to open to the public in late Summer of 2013, will see an extension to the existing Barn Cottage. The extension will be constructed using straw bales and a ‘green’ roof planted with grasses and other species found in the area so that the building blends in to its surroundings. A ground source heat pump would provide heating and photo-voltaic panels will provide electricity ensuring that the building is environmentally-friendly.
The new centre will offer:
Images are available to be viewed, including proposed layout diagrams, and artists' impressions of the interior of the building:
Visitor Centre layout - bird's eye view|
Exterior view of layout|
Artist's impression of interior|
For the first time, the new centre will give the public the opportunity to see and handle some of the archaeological collections unearthed at Hengistbury Head over the past 100 years. The centre will also allow visitors to interact with knowledgeable staff and become involved as Heritage Volunteers in the running of the centre and the nature reserve.
The centre will cost approximately £1 million, with £300,000 from developer contributions, £432,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund with the remaining £300,000 from the Canford Environmental Landfill Communities Fund.
When work commenced, Councillor Rod Cooper, Cabinet Member for Economy, Leisure and Tourism at the time, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that work can now get underway to create this fantastic facility. More than one million people visit Hengistbury Head every year and it makes sense that we should have a dedicated visitor centre where people can come and learn about the area’s rich heritage, including the wildlife, geology and archaeology that can be found here.”
For more information about the project, please contact Mark Holloway at email@example.com| or phone 01202 451637.
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