A gently curving gateway visitors’ centre for one of the world’s most spectacular arboretums, founded in 1829, is one element of the Heritage Lottery Funded masterplan designed by GHA to improve the visitor experience to the 240 hectare estate.
The timber-clad visitors’ centre is a contemporary, elemental take on the rural vernacular but with highly refined detailing. Other elements of the masterplan include a new car park, classrooms and staff facilities with all buildings low-energy.
"The opening of our new Welcome Building marks a new beginning here at Westonbirt. For the first time, visitors have a proper welcome to The National Arboretum, and have the opportunity to learn all about this important collection of trees and the work carried out to conserve and develop it."
Subsequently, GHA were engaged by the Forestry Commission for a second time at Westonbirt to design a meandering 300 meter long tree-top walkway through the Arboretum’s canopy (the STIHL Treetop Walkway).
CPRE Gloucestershire Award 2014