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£15.7m RBGE visitor centre unveiled
Restoration work
The new John Hope Gateway facility features a number of interactive experiences
starts at Dover Castle
A £250,000 conservation By Pete Hayman
scheme led by English Heritage
to repair brickwork on defences A new £15.7m visitor centre has
on the northern side of Dover officially opened at the Royal
Castle in Kent is now underway. Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Work on the castle's Spur, which (RBGE) in Scotland, which is
has been heavily fortified since designed to enable visitors to
the 13th century, is being explore a wide range of plants.
carried out by London-based Construction of the John
David Ball Restoration. Passages Hope Gateway, which has been
known as caponiers were built at the west gate entrance
constructed during the to the garden, has taken more
Napoleonic War to provide than two years to complete and
flanking fire along the ditches boasts a Botanics Shop and the Visitors will be given the chance to learn more about biodiversity
around the Spur, two of which Gateway Restaurant offering
will now undergo work expected views across the site. A £10m contribution from Fund, as well as contributions
to take 13 weeks to complete. A new reception, an the Scottish Government Rural from trusts and corporate and
interpretive area, a Real Life and Environment Research and voluntary donations.
New bid to prevent
Science Studio, a teaching Analysis Directorate provided Cumbernauld-based
football museum move
classroom, a private meeting the majority of funding for the contractor Xircon delivered the
Lancashire County Council room and welfare facilities have construction of the new visitor facility, which has been named
(LCC), Preston City Council (PCC) also been included in the centre, which has used a range after John Hope, the 18th
and the University of Central biodiversity and information of sustainable materials. century teacher and botanist
Lancashire (UCLAN) have joined centre, which gives visitors a The remaining £5.7m was who was RBGE's regius keeper
forces to keep the National chance to view the work of raised by a number of funding – the most senior member of
Football Museum in Preston. In RBGE through interactive bodies, including a £3.2m staff at the gardens – between
September, Manchester City experiences and activities. grant from the Heritage Lottery 1761 and 1786.
Council confirmed that it was in
talks with trustees of the
museum over the possibility of
Eureka! names new London chief
Wave Loch nets
relocating the attraction to the
Flow House deal
Urbis centre in order to By Tom Walker
safeguard its future. However, Water ride manufacturer Wave
trustees will now consider the Eureka!, the national children's Loch is to launch a new visitor
LCC, PCC and UCLAN proposals, museum based in Halifax, attraction concept called Flow
which will provide immediate Yorkshire, has appointed a House in early 2010 in Bedford.
investment and features plans to director for its planned second Wave Loch has signed a joint
increase visitor numbers and site in London. venture deal with Bedford-
revamp exhibition spaces. Simone Crofton, the former based Bodyflight, which
chief executive of London's Bor- operates an extreme-sport
Aberdeen wheel
ough Market, has been tasked Eureka! is planning to open a venue close to the town centre.
plans approved
with leading the development second facility in the capital The Flow House will include
Plans for a temporary 40m of a Eureka! in the capital. a large FlowRider and will
(131.2ft)-high observation wheel Crofton will lead the project Although in its early stages, complement existing facilities
in the Castlegate area of development in terms of Eureka! London is envisioned at the Bodyflight site, which
Aberdeen have been given the concept and content planning, as a large scale, readily include an indoor skydiving
nod of approval by the local working with existing members accessible children's museum tunnel and a fitness club.
authority. Aberdeen City Council of the Eureka! management on based in the capital's centre. The Bedford site will be
has approved the proposals put the attraction. Eureka! chair David Jackson jointly operated by Bodyflight
forward by Great City Attractions, She will also be responsible said: "Eureka! London is part of and Wave Loch, but according
which will own and operate the for developing a business plan our vision to make these to Simon Palmer, operations
wheel located between the and designing a campaign to extraordinary opportunities for and development director,
Mercat Cross and the corner of secure the funds required to play and learning available to future Flow Houses can be
King Street and Castle Street. open the museum. children throughout the UK." delivered in a number of ways.
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