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National Trust Visitors Centre

Overview

 

We are very proud to be an approved supplier for the National Trust and our most recent project to design and build a Welcome Hub is another great success! Wentworth Castle Gardens was a particularly special project for Pod Space as it’s also located in our spectacular home county of Yorkshire.

Challenge

 

The unique site presented specific challenges in finding the right building to complement the Grade 1 registered landscape and the vast array of historic structures and monuments that punctuate the gardens. There were significant planning constraints with the listed status of the site and to provide a building style, contemporary at the point of construction, but in keeping with the significant history of the area. As the site has joint ownership between the National Trust and the local authority, it was important that we meet the needs of all the interested parties. The final scheme for the centre was a bespoke design based on our Eco Pod but with some features unique to Wentworth. 

Solution

 

The exterior has many of the quality materials that Pod Space are recognised for, but there’s also full height glazed doors to the front and rear of the building to provide access through to the gardens. Each entrance has a solid canopy area so that the staff can keep the doors open to welcome visitors in whatever the weather! 

On the interior, the full height space is open in to the apex to create a light spacious sanctuary for visitors arriving to the gardens from the car parks and transport hubs. It’s the perfect showcase for the National Trust to entice new members and welcome existing visitors. Within the space we’ve also created a separate secure office space and a membership area so there’s zoned quiet areas even on the busiest of holidays.

We are delighted with the finished result and at our recent visit, it seems the visiting public and staff users are also enjoying all that Wentworth Castle Gardens has to offer too.

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