Tender out for Brockholes visitor centre build

Contractors are being invited by Lancashire Wildlife Trust to bid for the £4.75m contract to build facilities for the proposed 250-acre Brockholes wetland and woodland park outside Preston.

The visitor centre will be made up of a number of timber framed structures comprising shop, office and reception, conference facility, café and catering kitchen, teaching facility and exhibition space built on a floating pontoon set on an existing lake.

The nature reserve will be created out of a former gravel quarry and was designed by Adam Khan Architects.

Grant funding of £8m was approved by the North West Development Agency last week.

The attraction is expected to open in 2011.

Deadline for expressions of interest in the build contract is 1 May.

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