Culture and heritage
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
South West England
Chris Blandford Architects
Woodmace Civil Engineering
The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Stonehenge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the UK. The lack of a dedicated visitor centre and the monument’s proximity to the road has long been a problem.
A £20m project to develop the site has resulted in a dedicated visitor centre, the grassing over of the nearby road, and the creation of dedicated car parking facilities within walking distance of the world famous stones.
The visitor centre and its facilities need to be very robust to cope with such numbers and dedicated pathways and delineated parking areas were created using Kinley’s AluExcel edging. To minimise environmental impact the pathways were created using loose stone and the car parks were constructed with fully SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) compliant materials so that rainwater can quickly permeate the surface minimising ponding.
The aluminium edging is not only manufactured from recycled material but is incredibly robust and renowned for its longevity.
The visitor centre also includes pathways to other attractions including five ‘Neolithic Houses’ built by volunteers.
The development has been very well received. The improvements to the surrounding landscape and new visitor centre at Stonehenge won numerous awards including the 2014 Royal Town Planning Institute Award and the 2015 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Considered as one of the top European heritage prizes, the award recognises the project’s outstanding achievement in conservation and contribution to best practice across Europe.
"The projects environmentally sustainable credentials were considered by the local authority to be excellent and met both local and national planning policies in terms of sustainability"
- Adam Madge, Team Leader, South Wiltshire Council Development Service