Simpson and Brown were appointed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust in 2014 to design a new visitor centre at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The design, with references to local materials and the surrounding landscape, aims to provide a landmark building that allows visitors to appreciate and understand the coastal location. The new visitor centre, overlooking the River Rother, wetland and the shingle ridges, will actively reduce the effects of coastal erosion as well as provide a strategic viewing area within the nature reserve. The site for the new building is within an area of considerable historic significance with military fortifications from the 16th, 19th and 20th century. This flat, open and historic landscape, with its low level of development, proximity to the sea and network of footpaths is popular with visitors.
The proposal contains an internal viewing area, an exhibition space, café and education rooms and office space for staff and local volunteers.
|Project name:||Rye Harbour Discovery Centre|
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