Experience stunning Gibraltar Point like never before

Wednesday 25th May 2016

Gibraltar Point Visitor CentreGibraltar Point Visitor Centre - Barrie Wilkinson

The latest in a series of investments on the east coast, the new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is opening to the public.

The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "This was an opportunity to make Gibraltar Point even more attractive to visitors – an opportunity that we have fully taken advantage of.

"The new visitor centre has been designed to make the most of the reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

"This is just one of a series of investments on the coast, which we are confident will help attract new visitors to the area.

"Combined with the new outdoor theatre space and North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

The council has developed the new visitor centre in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will continue to run the site.

Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, added: “The new visitor centre is a wonderful gateway to one of the country’s most important nature reserves. From the humble beginnings of a simple information kiosk opened in May 1963, we now have a visitor centre with commanding views of the nature reserve and with a number of features that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.”

The Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre will be open daily from 10am until 4pm. Please be aware that staff and volunteers are getting used to the new building, and, for now, the menu will be limited (though there is an excellent range of cakes). There are no credit/debit card facilities at the moment, and further landscaping work will be carried out over coming weeks.

The work on the new visitor centre was carried out by Lincolnshire firm John Martin-Hoyes Limited, who are now refurbishing the old coastguard building adjacent to the construction site.

The project was funded by Lincolnshire County Council, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Government's Coastal Communities Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.
 

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