Approval has been given for Coe Design’s proposal for the redevelopment of the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, situated on the 17-mile long Chesil Beach at the heart of England’s Jurassic Coast in Dorset, a place of international importance for its birds and marine wildlife.
The leading landscape architecture firm was appointed in 2009 to support Dorset County Council’s application to secure crucial heritage lottery funding for the development of England’s only natural UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
The £1 million redevelopment project has been awarded £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and will be developed in time for the Olympic & Paralympic Games sailing events in 2012. The initial concept was developed with the artist John Maine RA.
has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.
The placement and design of the building seems to attempt to place the focus on Stonehenge rather than the visitor centre. However, the design seems as though it could be anywhere in the world for any manner of attractions. I understand that this is the second round of designs after the subterranean design by DCM was quashed, however I think the design seems to be trying to please too many people and stakeholders.
From the renders and plans it is hard to judge whether the access road and car park are hidden from view. I hope that this is the case and that some form of ha-ha has been incorporated into the landscape design to obscure the road and car park from view to create a sense of flowing green fields that currently exists.