Delamere Forest is a major visitor attraction welcoming over 750,000 visitors per year to participate in leisure activities including running, walking, cycling and live music within an area of natural woodland.
Halliday Meecham Architects ere appointed by Forestry England to support the client team through the project including monitoring design, technical and compliance as well as the provision of full architectural services for the refurbishment of their existing offices. The new Visitor Hub provides a focal point for the development and incorporates a new café, WC provision, Changing Places Facility, external landscaping, extended car parking and key accessibility improvements. Further developments include a cycle hub, new offices for Forestry England and a Co Working Office Hub.
Due to its natural setting and Forestry Englands Net Zero Carbon Targets, the new visitor centre building is constructed with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) supported by a Glue Laminated Timber Structure and incorporates a ground source heat pump, sustainable drainage system, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic panels.
Client: Forestry England