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Winning architects to present their vision of Broads National Park Visitor Centre

PUBLISHED: 07:02 27 July 2018

How the new bridge in Acle would look.

How the new bridge in Acle would look.

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The vision for the Broads National Park Visitor and Education Centre at Acle will be revealed at a meeting of the Broads Authority today.

West View of the cafe at Acle.West View of the cafe at Acle.

The competition attracted interest from across the globe with 95 entries submitted with Mills Power from London, Mole from Cambridge and Feilden+Mawson from Norwich shortlisted and selected to present their designs to a judging panel.

The overall winners Feilden+Mawson will present their vision to Members of the Authority today.

The purpose of the competition was to help the Authority investigate and explore the potential for developing a landmark building at Acle Bridge to serve as a National Park Visitor and Education Centre.

Architects had to consider a number of constraints and challenges for the riverside location which is historically a popular mooring site on the Northern Broads.

View from cafe at the new Acle.View from cafe at the new Acle.

They were given the Broads Authority’s ‘vision’ for the site which included the importance of engaging the public in big issues such as water management, climate change, sea level rise and the need for sustainability.

The site had to make provision for essential facilities including toilets, showers and refuse collection aimed at the users of the moorings. It also had to cater for local residents, visitors and school children alike.

Philip Bodie, the lead architect from Feilden+Mawson, gave his reaction to the announcement: “Winning this important, high-profile competition means a huge amount to Feilden+Mawson. We are absolutely delighted and proud to have been chosen out of such a large number of entrants

“Our Norwich-based design team is well acquainted with the beauty and tranquillity of the Broads National Park and wished to respond to the Authority’s design brief by producing a solution that was at once inviting, timeless, appropriate to its setting and completely familiar to those visiting the centre by water, on-foot, bike or road.

Philip Bodie of Feilden & MawsonPhilip Bodie of Feilden & Mawson

“It was also important to us that the building offered room to grow and be adaptable to future needs. Above all, in our opinion, it needed to be a visible beacon helping to teach and tell the story of the Broads National Park for generations to come.”

A copy of the winning design will be on view at Acle Public Library from 30 July onwards.

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