New £1m visitor centre planned for beauty spot

An artist's impression of the  new �1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.
An artist's impression of the new �1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.

Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a new £1 million visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.

Following the devastating damage to the original building caused by the storm surge in December, Lincolnshire County Council has submitted a planning application to build a brand-new visitor centre on the site, containing a café and visitor information.

The building has been designed on raised stilts to protect if from flood damage and if all goes to plan is due to open in 2016.

Executive member for economic development Coun Colin Davie said: “For the past few months, we’ve been working closely with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who run the site, to develop these ambitious proposals.

“The new visitor centre has been designed to take advantage of the stunning views on the site, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, as well as a rooftop viewing deck.”

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s chief executive Paul Learoyd added: “We hope that, despite the devastating impact of the flooding, a new centre on the site will provide visitors with an attractive facility, enhancing a visit to this much-loved nature reserve.

“Gibraltar Point has been enjoyed by generations of visitors as well as local people.”

The new visitor centre will be part-funded by Lincolnshire County Council (£430,000) and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (£150,000).

The council will apply for a £420,000 grant from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund to cover the remainder of the funding .

The original building housed a café, visitor centre and educational facilities, some of which have been relocated to nearby Sykes Farm.

Gibraltar Point is still open to visitors with opportunities for walks and birdwatching, and the café, operating from a catering van in the car park.