This project involved the creation of a new eco-friendly Visitor and Education Centre at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve - a nationally and internationally renowned landmark in an area of Special Scientific Interest. The new Centre comprises refurbishment of the existing barn/cottage to form exhibition space. Constructed in brickwork with thatch upon a traditional cut roof, utilising various trusses as the main supporting system. Structural alterations to walls, floor and roof was necessary to incorporate a new mezzanine floor. A new extension was constructed to form a reception area and retail outlet. This is a single storey timber frame structure, lime rendered internally and externally. More than one million people visit Hengistbury each year, and we are proud to have been part of providing this unique building celebrating the heritage of the area.
Following shortlisting, this project has won a National Award from the NFB in the category 'Heritage Project of the Year'.
We are exceptionally pleased with the way the build went. The comments from the public range from 'beautifully designed and conceived' to 'one of the best things Bournemouth has ever done' - we have been overwhelmed with praise and messages of goodwill. Drews performed very well from the outset. When we had to value-engineer the project to get it within budget they were extremely helpful with advice and assistance. The Site Manager was courteous and informative, and throughout performance levels were excellent. The Winter of 2012-2013 was rather exceptional in terms of the prolonged cold conditions and, despite this, every effort was made by Drew Construction to keep the project on time. Attention to detail was excellent and there was always a good response to issues, unexpected problems and small areas of redesign/specification change. The overall build is of a high standard - the merging of the contemporary new build (ModCell straw bale design) with the barn conversion is excellent. As a Joint Project Leader I would definitely recommend Drew Construction for future projects.Mark Holloway, Countryside Operations Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council