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Stonehenge visitor centre finally set to open doors

Denton Corker Marshall’s Stonehenge visitor centre is due to open to the public in December

More than 20 years after plans for a new building at the world-famous site were first mooted, the visitor centre is reaching the final stages of construction.

Work has now started on the interior fit out and project backer English Heritage has announced the long-awaited scheme is to open on the 18 December.

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

‘This world famous monument, perpetually described as a mystery, finally has a place in which to tell its story. The exhibition will change the way people experience and think about Stonehenge forever - beyond the clichés and towards a meaningful inquiry into an extraordinary human achievement in the distant past. It will put at its centre the individuals associated with its creation and use, and I am very proud with what we have to unveil to the world in December.’

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