Blakedown appointed to Stonehenge site as visitor centre opens

Blakedown Landscapes has been appointed to work on the landscape surrounding The £27m Stonehenge Visitor Centre which opened on Wednesday (18 December).

View of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Photo: James O'Davies English Heritage
View of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Photo: James O'Davies English Heritage
The Halifax-based company will provide and install fencing, including bespoke metal posts, for the site as part of landscaping work which is still ongoing.

The works for Vinci Construction include bespoke shaped metal posts. Vinci won the overall £12.6m contract to construct the visitor facilities at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chris Blandford Associates is the landscape architect for the site and has also produced the management plan and secured planning permission.

According to the company the new centre, designed by Denton Corker Marshall "sits lightly in the landscape and the related infrastructure is successfully absorbed into the folds of the chalkland without impact on archaeology."

The new building is located 1.5 miles from the stones and is connected by a transport. The existing car park and section of the A344 that ran past the site have been closed and reseeded with grass. This will allow the stones to be reconnected to The Avenue, the ancient processional way which leads up to them. Work will complete in the summer of 2014.

The scheme is financed almost entirely by Heritage Lottery Fund money, commercial income and philanthropic donations from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Linbury Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. It is due for completion in 2014. 



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