Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre demolition due to begin

Friday 17th April 2015

The demolition of the flood-damaged buildings at Gibraltar Point will begin on Monday (20 April 2015).

Following the devastating damage to the visitor centre caused by the storm surge in December 2013, a brand new visitor centre is being built at the nature reserve. Work to demolish the old centre starts on Monday 20 April 2015 and should take 4 to 5 weeks. Vinci Mouchel are overseeing the work on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council.

During the demolition, the nature reserve will remain fully open. The catering van and cabin in the main car park will be open every day from 10am to 3pm serving hot and cold drinks, homemade soup, homemade burgers and sausage rolls, bacon rolls, freshly made sandwiches and cakes. Toilets are also located in the main car park. Access will be maintained past the work site to the Wash View Point.

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. The whole building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding and the adjacent old coastguard building also being refurbished.

The new centre is funded by Lincolnshire County Council, a grant from Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

Sean Kent, group manager, environmental services, Lincolnshire County Council 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."

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