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Chesil Beach Visitor Centre


Chesil beach is made up of pebbles and shingle, 17 miles in length and standing up to the full force of the Atlantic for thousands of years. A place of international importance for its birds and marine wildlife. This project was for a new visitor centre to enhance the existing scheme with a large exhibition area, cafe and wardens’ offices, improved parking and general access for people with disabilities. The site is extremely sensitive, with delicate marine flora in the environs. The project was made even more strategic due to the close proximity of the Olympic sailing venue and the need for the project to be completed prior to this date. The structure was prefabricated in large sections so that work on site was minimised, reducing the ecological impact and speeding up construction times. Opened by Lord Coe July 2013.

Weymouth and Portland District Council : NVB Architects : Morgan Sindall : £1m