Artist: Richard Allen
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Exciting time at the Great Fen.....today sees the launch of our competition to find a design for our visitor centre.
The visitor centre will be located off the B660 which runs roughly west-east between Holme and Ramsey St Mary′s, approximately 8 miles south-east of Peterborough. The 66.14ha New Decoy site lies immediately north of the B660 [referred to locally as Long Drove] centred on Grid Reference Easting 522 818 Northing 288 287.
The new visitor centre will form the primary focal point for the Great Fen and its associated activities. The site will serve a number of different visitors: those interested in landscape, wildlife or habitats; educational visits (from school children to “third age” learners) supporting education in heritage and ecology; and the visiting public, both local people and tourists, who want a ‘brew and a view’ or perhaps a picnic or a day out to explore the fens or somewhere to bring the family. Extensive community use of the building and landscape is also envisaged.
Kate Carver, Great Fen Project Manager said:-
“The Design Ideas Competition for the Great Fen Visitor Centre Is important as we want the Great Fen, and the fantastic fenland landscape it is creating, to be for people as well as for wildlife.
The Visitor Centre will be the starting point for exploring the Great Fen, a beautiful and inspiring place where visitors can learn about the landscape, the wildlife, and the heritage of the Great Fen, as well as enjoy great views, great food, and great facilities for families, schools and the community. We know people want these kind of visitor services from the public consultation work that went into the Great Fen Masterplan.
The competition is the starting point of how we deliver the visitor centre. From it, we will achieve a wonderful design against a known cost, and that cost will be the target for our future fundraising from grant giving trusts and private donors. This is a tried and tested method for the Great Fen Project Partners, and the Great Fen has a good track record of funding raising in this way.
The Project Partners are delighted to be working with RIBA on this exciting competition and look forward to announcing the result at the end of the competition process, which is April 2013.”
The competition is being hosted by RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects). For more details on the competition, to read the brief and find out how to enter visit the official competition website.