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Kelpies visitor centre set to break ground

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January 6 2015

Kelpies visitor centre set to break ground
Construction work is set to get underway on a £1.45m Kelpies visitor centre next week after Falkirk Council handed the contract to build the Nicoll Russell Studios designed structure to Maxi Construction.

Incorporating a restaurant, shop and information point the latest addition to Helix Park will sit in the shadow of the world’s largest equine sculptures when completed by the end of the year.

Designed to ‘merge’ with the surrounding landscape using a combination of landscaped mounds and landscaped roof planes the timber and aluminium clad building will present a glass frontage offering clear views toward the 30m high sculptures.

Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals, commented: “The Helix and The Kelpies have captured the imagination of the public worldwide and they're already an incredibly popular tourism destination. The new visitor centre will boost the tourism offering of the site, providing a high-quality café, events space, and interpretation that will tell the story of these majestic sculptures from idea to soaring, steel-clad reality.”

An audio-visual visitor experience will be incorporated in the centre
An audio-visual visitor experience will be incorporated in the centre

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