Approval has been given for Coe Design’s proposal for the redevelopment of the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, situated on the 17mile long Chesil Beach at the heart of England’s Jurassic Coast in Dorset, a place of international importance for its birds and marine wildlife.
The landscape architecture firm was appointed in 2009 to support Dorset County Council’s application to secure crucial heritage lottery funding for the development of England’s only natural UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
The £1m redevelopment project has been awarded £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and will be developed in time for the Olympic & Paralympic Games sailing events in 2012. The initial concept was developed with the artist John Maine RA.
Jenny Coe, Founding Director of Coe Design, said: “Our sensitive landscape design for Chesil Beach Centre has been carefully tailored to minimise any impact or intervention on the surrounding ecosystems. This is absolutely crucial, since the area is acknowledged as a vital and secure habitat for protected species. It provides seven regional and international designations dedicated to the long-term preservation of wildlife.
The redeveloped Centre will provide the opportunity for visitors of all ages to find out more about the heritage resource of Chesil Beach, the Fleet and the adjacent Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour, set within the context of the World Heritage Site. The redevelopment is due for completion in February 2012