Work has finally started on the replacement for the demolished visitor centre at the top of Mount Snowdon, North Wales - more than a decade after the project was first mooted (AJ 04.04.96).
Designed by RH Architects, the long-awaited £7 million scheme, on the 1,085m peak in Snowdonia National Park, will house a 200-seat café, shop and toilets. The practice won the competition to design the centre back in 2001 (AJ 08.09.01), under former name Furneaux Stewart, and initially proposed to adapt the rundown 1920s bunker-like café designed by Clough Williams-Ellis. However, the firm now intends to build a new, mainly prefabricated steel, glass and granite structure on the tricky windswept site. Working with contractor Carillion, the practice has already carried out a 'dry run' of the construction process, assembling the steel frame in a warehouse in Liverpool. The scheme must be completed by September 2007.