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Forestry Commission move on site with Kirroughtree visitor centre

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December 10 2012

Forestry Commission move on site with Kirroughtree visitor centre
The Forestry Commission has progressed plans to build a flagship visitor centre at Kirroughtree, Dumfries & Galloway, with the award of a £4.5m contract to Robertson.

Designed by JM Architects the project, which also entails refurbishment of two existing centres at Clatteringshaws and Glentrool within Galloway Forest Park, starts on site this month and aims to give the local tourism economy a much needed shot in the arm.

Built from sustainable materials such as timber and stone the Kirroughtree Visitor Centre will employ under-floor heating and a wood burning stove as well as showers, changing facilities and landscaped gardens.

An existing visitor centre at Kirroughtree will be converted to office space.

Robertson have been contracted to undertake all building work and placing subcontracts for the project.

Keith Muir, Tourism Manager with Forestry Commission Scotland in Galloway said: “The new visitor services we have planned are a major step up in terms of what we will offer visitors in the future. We started planning for the project three years ago and now the hard work to bring it to life begins.”
Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre will receive a £0.45m toward large windows fronting Clatteringshaws Loch and Dark Sky Park
Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre will receive a £0.45m toward large windows fronting Clatteringshaws Loch and Dark Sky Park
Glentrool Visitor Centre will receive a small upgrade
Glentrool Visitor Centre will receive a small upgrade

JM Architects have been contracted by Robertson to design Kirroughtree
JM Architects have been contracted by Robertson to design Kirroughtree

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