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Work starts on Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway visitor centre

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Construction has finally started on Heneghan Peng’s £18.5 million scheme for the redevelopment of the visitor’s facilities at Giant’s Causeway

The Dublin-based practice landed the commission more than five years ago following a high-rofile global competition but the project has been beset by difficulties including funding issues.

The proposals for the centre, which will be hidden from the coast by a grass roof, will include improvements to footpaths and protection for the 3km stretch of coastline.

Previous story (AJ 22.01.10)

£3m HLF grant to kickstart Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway visitor centre

Heneghan Peng’s £18.5 million scheme for the redevelopment of the visitor’s facilities at Giant’s Causeway has finally won the Heritage Lottery Funding needed to start building

Construction work on the Dublin-based practice’s competition-winning scheme for a visitor centre close to the site of one of Ireland’s most popular attractions will begin in a matter of weeks.

Roisin Heneghan of Heneghan Peng said: ‘This is excellent news. This project is so important to one of Ireland’s landmark sites’.

The proposals for the centre, which will be hidden from the coast by a grass roof, will include improvements to footpaths and protection for the 3km stretch of coastline.

The National Trust site, which boasts 40,000 interlinked basalt columns extending into the sea, is home to peregrine falcons, seals and other wildlife.

A community project bringing schools and universities to the World Heritage site is also being developed as part of the funding overhaul.

Hilary McGrady, National Trust Director for Northern Ireland, said: ‘I am thrilled that Heritage Lottery Fund has so significantly supported this major project, which will see the Giant’s Causeway protected and a world-class visitor centre and experience put in place’.

She added: ‘This decision gives the project, and National Trust, a huge boost’.

Heneghan Peng beat Finnish practice Verstas Architects to win the competition to build the visitor centre at the site on the northern coast of County Antrim.

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