The first stage of work on a new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve is set to start on Monday (April 20). The original centre was badly damaged during a tidal surge in December 2013.
Since then Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have worked together to develop plans for a new visitor centre. Plans have been agreed for the new centre which 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.
The whole building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding, with the adjacent old coastguard building also being refurbished.
The new visitor centre will be funded by Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, and a grant from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.
Demolition work will start on the previous visitor centre on Monday by CLS, a company awarded the contract to undertake clearance of the site pending construction of the new visitor centre.
Sean Kent, group manager, environmental services said, “This is the start of an exciting new phase for Gibraltar Point and I’m really pleased that work will be starting soon on the creation of a new destination for tourists and wildlife enthusiasts. We will shortly go out to tender to select a construction company for the new building and are aiming for it to be open by Easter 2016.”
During the demolition, the nature reserve will remain fully open and access will be maintained past the work site to the Wash View Point. The catering van and cabin in the main car park will be open every day from 10am to 3pm, toilets are also located in the main car park.