An exciting new building project to transform the visitor facilities at Robinswood Hill has now begun.
The original conservation centre building, home to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s head office, has been reimagined by Bristol based Childs Sulzmann Architects. Gloucester based construction company E G Carter & Co Ltd will be carrying out the redevelopment work through the autumn and winter months to bring the plans to life.
Peter Blanch, Associate Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd said “We are delighted to have commenced this project collaboratively with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Childs Sulzmann Architects. The new development will bring a new lease of life to Robinswood Hill and encourage even more tourists to take a look at one of Gloucestershire’s beauty spots.”
The development will include a new visitor welcome and information point, indoor café, flexible community and learning spaces, meeting rooms, agile workspace, and a volunteer hub. As well as being the headquarters of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the building will also provide a base for Gloucester City Council rangers who manage Robinswood Hill.
“We’ve been working hard, in partnership with the City Council, to engage visitors to Robinswood Hill and people living around it for over five years now. It’s a fantastic green jewel in Gloucester’s crown and we hope that it will now have the visitor centre it deserves.” Comments Roger Mortlock, CEO of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
The improved visitor facilities at Robinswood Hill aim to better meet the needs of visitors to this treasured local landmark, enabling them to spend more time outside, getting closer to the wildlife and heritage of Gloucester.
The conservation centre will re open in Spring/Summer 2020.
The project couldn’t be completed without support from key funders Gloucester City Council, Summerfield Charitable Trust and Grundon Waste Management. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are also grateful for the support of Westmoreland, Bernard Sunley Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Hobson Charity Ltd, Dove Construction Ltd, G R Lane Health Products Ltd, Hydro Components UK Ltd and International Plywood Co.