The work to create a new visitor facility for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has reached a new milestone. As the construction work takes place at the the site in Spurn, the main building structure has been delivered on to site. The East Riding construction project will see the creation of a new purpose built visitors centre.
The preparatory works for the visitor’s centre have been underway since May for the Spurn Discovery Centre. However, for the building structure itself, most of the work has taken place off site. The main contractor that has been carrying out this off site construction work is Houlton. The reason for this building method is to minimise the disruption that is caused to the local area with this construction work. The modular units for the Visitor’s Centre have been supplied for the construction project by Actavo Building Solutions UK Ltd.
The Discovery Centre for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been designed to blend into the unpredictable demands of the natural environment in Spurn and the role that the centre will play in safeguarding the wildlife in the area while also catering to the thousands of visitors that are expected at the Centre each year.
The construction work that is needed on this site before the Visitor’s Centre can open includes a flood-resilient lower floor that is surrounded by concrete gabion baskets as well as a living roof that will hopefully be an attraction to wildlife that is native to the area. Other features of the finished centre are bird friendly glazed panel walls that will allow visitors in the centre a sensational view of the estuary.
The new East Riding Discovery Centre has been funded by the energy provider E.ON, as a part of the company’s Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund. Also supporting the construction work is the Coastal Community Fund as a part of the Great British Coast. The Centre is located at the most northerly point of the Spurn National Nature Reserve.