[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] London-based van Heyningen and Haward has landed planning permission for a new visitor centre for the Essex Wildlife Trust
The practice, which has a history of working in nature reserves having picked up numerous awards for its RSPB Environment and Education Centre at Rainham Marshes (AJ 21.12.06 and see below), saw off East, Sarah Wigglesworth, Laurie Wood Architects and Groundworks to land the project at the Thurrock Thameside Nature Park back in December 2009.
The £2 million circular scheme will house information and education resources for visitors to the park - a reclaimed landfill site in the Thames Gateway - as well as a café, shop and rooftop viewing platform shop.
Client: Essex Wildlife Trust
Quantity Surveyor: Trogal Griffin
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
M&E Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
Landscape Architect: Alison Campbell
Contract Value: £2 million
Meanwhile the practice has also revealed this new bird hide for the RSPB at Rainham Marshes (see below). The £150,000 scheme, nicknamed the ‘Purfleet Eye’, was won in competition late last year.