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Glenn Howells completes Westonbirt Aboretum building

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Glenn Howells Architects’ has completed a new building at the Forestry Commission’s National Aboretum in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire

The single-storey building will act as a gateway to the collection of trees.

Constructed from home-grown Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, the timber-framed building has a curved plan.

The arboretum is a grade I-listed landscape which houses an internationally recognised collection of trees.

Plans are also underway for a treetop walkway at the arboretum. The Friends of Westonbirt Aboretum launched a campaign for the Moxon-designed £1.9million walkway at the opening of Glenn Howell’s centre.

Simon Pearson, associate, at Glenn Howells Architects, said: ‘We are very proud to be adding value to such an historic and internationally renowned site. This brand new facility, with great care and attention paid to visitor flow and use of materials, will greatly enhance the visitor experience and help ensure Westonbirt’s popularity for many years to come.’

Simon Toomer, director of Westonbirt Arboretum, added: ‘The opening of our new Biffa Award 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. Next year we hope to see the opening of a new Treetop Walkway, giving visitors an exciting new perspective on the arboretum’s trees and landscape.’

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