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Stonehenge centre on track for launch

Stonehenge centre on track for launch

The first phase of the multi-million pound improvements to Stonehenge are set to launch to the public next month.

A new visitor building, located 1.5 miles to the west of Stonehenge, will allow people to learn more about the monument in a museum-quality permanent exhibition curated by English Heritage. A 360-degree virtual, immersive experience will let visitors ‘stand in the stones’ before they enter a gallery presenting the facts and theories surrounding the monument through various displays and nearly 300 prehistoric artefacts.

Designed by Denton Corker Marshall, the centre is an environmentally sensitive and fully accessible building with a high BREEAM rating. Green features include an open loop ground source heating system, mixed mode ventilation and a treatment system for recycling grey water. Facilities include a dedicated education space, a café and shop.

This will be followed by the opening of a group of reconstructed Neolithic houses in Easter 2014. The houses are the highlight of the outdoor gallery and will be built from January 2014.

The final phase of the project - the restoration of the landscape around Stonehenge - will be completed in the summer of 2014. Work to demolish the existing facilities and return the area to grass will begin immediately after the new visitor centre has opened and will continue for a few months.

The £27m scheme is the largest capital project ever undertaken by English Heritage.

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