Virginia Water Visitors Centre Wins a National Civic Trust Award!


The 56th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony was held on Friday 6th March at The Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, hosted by architect, writer and TV presenter George Clarke and Civic Trust Awards Managing Director Malcolm Hankey.

Out of 238 entries submitted, Virginia Water Visitors Centre has won a UK Civic Trust Award which celebrates outstanding architecture and the built environment projects. This visitor centre, overlooking Virginia Water Lake, has been designed to form a southern gateway into the Grade 1 Listed Landscape of Windsor Great Park. The building design was selected as competition winner for its simplicity, elegance and clean lines.

Constructed, by Ashe, predominantly of Windsor Estate timber and embodying many sustainable features, the building reflects the Crown Estate’s core values of commercialism, integrity and stewardship. The extensive use of English oak, both inside and outside of the spectacular building was a requirement of the design competition brief, reflecting the importance of oak within the Great Park as veteran trees, woodland and parkland trees. An extensive consultation exercise was undertaken as part of the planning and design process. This included advance signboards, a dedicated website and online facilities for feedback and comment. The new building provides an office base for the Great Park Visitor Services Team and offers a meeting place, refreshments and toilet facilities to those visiting this south-eastern corner of Windsor Great Park.

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