A state-of-the-art visitor centre at Dartmoor National Park has been nominated for a prestigious building award, following a successful transformation project led by NPS South West.
The Postbridge Visitor Centre reopened to widespread praise following an extensive makeover last year, and has now been shortlisted in the ‘Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year’ category at the Michelmores Property Awards, which celebrates the very best construction and real estate projects in the South West.
The redevelopment scheme – which was project managed by our team at NPS South West – included an extension which saw the visitor centre double in size, with the new space featuring Bronze Age exhibitions, celebrating Dartmoor’s rich history of important archaeological discoveries.
A new reception area for visitor information and a refurnished retail area also formed part of the redevelopment, with the centre estimated to welcome around 60,000 visitors each year.
NPS South West Project Manager, Claire Walkey, said she was delighted to see the scheme achieve wider recognition.
“We have had some great feedback since the centre reopened last year, with visitors and staff alike enjoying the new, bright and airy building,” Claire said.
“This project was achieved through a collaborative and positive relationship with Dartmoor National Park and partners – which also led to it being delivered under the client budget – and it’s fantastic to see the visitor centre up for such a prestigious award.”
The fully accessible energy-efficient building incorporates a combination of traditional and modern design features to fit right into the Dartmoor landscape – with a zinc roof, natural stone walls and timber cladding – all of which will weather naturally to reflect the colours of its surroundings in the national park.
In addition to exhibitions, the visitor centre can now also accommodate events, activities and school visits, all aimed at encouraging more people to explore and discover the area’s renowned heritage and beauty.
Sam Hill, Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Head of Communications and Fundraising, said: “We’re thrilled to be nominated. The standard of competition is really high; we face stiff competition from other nominees all of which deserve recognition for their innovation too.
“We’re so proud of our visitor centre. Following a major extension, it is now fully accessible, energy efficient and features the latest technology to bring history to life in amazing detail, giving people a unique and special experience.”
The winners at the Michelmores Property Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, 4 November at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter.