Working nearing end on new £1m visitor centre

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Work is nearing completion on a new £1 million visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.

Developers say they remain on target for a re-launch for the building in mid-to-late May.

It will replace the previous visitor centre which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge of December 2013.

It is being funded by Lincolnshire County Council, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, and the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, said: “The new visitor centre building is now up and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust are about to start the fit out.

“We remain on target for a re-launch in mid-to-late May.

“In the meantime, the contractor will now focus on landscaping works around the site and the renovation of the coastguard building next door.

“I’m delighted with how things are progressing and am sure the new visitor centre will allow people to make the most of the reserve’s stunning views.

“And that should help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy.”

In the meantime, the temporary facilities including the catering van and toilets remain open. Events such as children’s activities and guided walks, and an education programme, are also running.

In September, The Standard reported on the start of work.