Ken Shuttleworth's practice, Make, has walked away with victory in the high-profile competition to design a new £50 million visitor centre for Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.
The succinctly titled 'Tree' scheme beat shortlisted entries from Glenn Howells Architects, Richard Murphy Architects, Patel Taylor, Niall McLaughlin Architects and Wilkinson Eyre in the RIBA-organised contest (AJ 14.12.06).
The design, which will be built from local wood and features a 20m-high internal steel trunk, will now form part of the 'Sherwood Forest: Living Legend' Lottery bid, due to be submitted in May.
Housing a café, conference space, a cycle-hire shop and an education centre, the building will also boast a viewing platform which will sit just above the woodland canopy, to create 'the ultimate tree-house experience.'
The bid is one of six 'significant' community regeneration projects to have already been shortlisted for the upper (People's Millions) stream of the Living Landmarks grants programme.
Austin Brady, chairman of the 'Sherwood: The Living Legend' Project Management Board, said: 'What better landmark to symbolise the forest and its legends, than a structure based on the image of a huge gnarled and ancient oak.
'I am delighted that we have secured such an exciting and striking design for the new visitor complex that will spearhead our Lottery bid for Sherwood Forest.'by Richard Waite