New £1m Hengistbury Head visitor centre nears completion

Bournemouth Echo: MOVING QUICKLY: The new Hengistbury Head visitor centre, which is on track to open in December 2013 MOVING QUICKLY: The new Hengistbury Head visitor centre, which is on track to open in December 2013

WORK to create a brand new £1million Hengistbury Head visitor centre is almost complete and it will be welcoming visitors from December 14.

Construction work has taken place over the last year at the thatched barn adjacent to the Iron Age Double Dykes.

Once open, the new centre will offer an exhibition area for archaeology, ecology and geology, a dedicated space for learning and community use, outdoor learning areas, wildlife garden, toilets, a shop and work space for centre staff, volunteers and other community groups.

The work has included an eco-build extension to the existing barn cottage which has a range of environmentally-friendly features, including a green roof, solar panels and straw bale walls.

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. Residents will also be able to get involved as heritage volunteers in the running of the centre and nature reserve.

Stuart Clarke, conservation and countryside manager at Bournemouth council, said: “This is a really exciting project for Hengistbury Head and we look forward to welcoming visitors to explore the new centre which promises to be a fantastic resource for the area.

“Hengistbury Head attracts more than one million visitors every year and for the first time, we will have a unique and dedicated visitor centre where members of the public will be able to come and learn about the area’s rich heritage, including the wildlife, geology and archaeology that can be found here.”

The centre will be open from December 14 until January 5, 2014 before closing for the fit-out to be completed. It will then open fully on February 1, 2014.

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8:49pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Reader Echo says...

It never ceases to amaze me how much our local corrupt councils still have vast sums of our money to waste on pointless projects during one of the deepest recessions in our history.
It never ceases to amaze me how much our local corrupt councils still have vast sums of our money to waste on pointless projects during one of the deepest recessions in our history. Reader Echo
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6:07pm Sat 26 Oct 13

askquestion says...

this centre is apparently well over budget ? after how many years ?
like most projects that this council decide on.
will the tax payers ever get thier money back from this possible white elephant.? will the other nature reserves be robbed of funding to keep this centre open ? there are more important sites that need attention and money spent to maintain there status as s.s.s.i .although not with a high profile like hengistbury head. !
can someone tell us the true cost of this please.
this centre is apparently well over budget ? after how many years ? like most projects that this council decide on. will the tax payers ever get thier money back from this possible white elephant.? will the other nature reserves be robbed of funding to keep this centre open ? there are more important sites that need attention and money spent to maintain there status as s.s.s.i .although not with a high profile like hengistbury head. ! can someone tell us the true cost of this please. askquestion
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7:03pm Sat 26 Oct 13

oversixty says...

askquestion wrote:
this centre is apparently well over budget ? after how many years ?
like most projects that this council decide on.
will the tax payers ever get thier money back from this possible white elephant.? will the other nature reserves be robbed of funding to keep this centre open ? there are more important sites that need attention and money spent to maintain there status as s.s.s.i .although not with a high profile like hengistbury head. !
can someone tell us the true cost of this please.
Excellent points made!
This information must be available under the Freedom of Information Act?
Come on Echo, do your bit for the taxpayers of Bournemouth!
[quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: this centre is apparently well over budget ? after how many years ? like most projects that this council decide on. will the tax payers ever get thier money back from this possible white elephant.? will the other nature reserves be robbed of funding to keep this centre open ? there are more important sites that need attention and money spent to maintain there status as s.s.s.i .although not with a high profile like hengistbury head. ! can someone tell us the true cost of this please.[/p][/quote]Excellent points made! This information must be available under the Freedom of Information Act? Come on Echo, do your bit for the taxpayers of Bournemouth! oversixty
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