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Stonehenge visitor centre finally open doors

Denton Corker Marshall’s Stonehenge visitor centre opens to the public tommorrow

More than 20 years after plans for a new building at the world-famous site were first mooted, the visitor centre is finally set toopen its doors.

The visitor centre, which is located one and a half miles from the stone circle, is phase one of the £27 million development at the site.

The building contains a gallery, café, shop, dedicated education space along with a display 360-degree virtual experience will let visitors ‘stand in the stones’.

Work to demolish the existing visitor facilities will begin immediately after the new centre has opened with the final phase of the project, that will see the relocation of the A344, due to be completed in the Summer of 2014.

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Client’s view

Simon Thurley, chief executive, English Heritage

‘At last, visitors to Stonehenge will be able to get a sense of the people who built this monument, of their lives, their deaths and their ceremonies. Visitors will, for the first time, learn the astonishing history of the stones and will see objects, many never seen before, that will bring the stones to life.

‘Instead of just a stopover or a quick photo opportunity, we want our visitors to step back in time and into the shoes of those who created and used this extraordinary place, to marvel at original everyday objects they used, to walk the surrounding landscape as they did, and to sit in the dwellings that they would have built. It makes the real encounter with the stones themselves so much more exciting.’

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