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Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent

A place of shelter, education and interpretation for visitors

Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent
Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent Credit: Brotherton Lock

Adam Richards Architects for English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund
Contract value: £935,000 
GIA: 200m2
Cost per m2: £4,675

This newbuild 70m2 Learning Centre, in brick and zinc, and a new café in a repurposed timber-framed glasshouse, together provide a place of shelter, education and interpretation from which visitors can explore the entire grounds of Walmer Castle, originally a Tudor artillery fortress. Beyond the buildings the practice has reorganised the gardeners’ compound. Into this landscape it has set a galvanised steel stair clad in air-dried oak, leading down into the secluded contemplative retreat of the Glen, which was previously innaccessible.

 

  • Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent
    Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent Credit: Brotherton Lock
  • Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent
    Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent Credit: Brotherton Lock
  • Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent
    Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent Credit: Brotherton Lock
  • Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent
    Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre, Kent Credit: Brotherton Lock
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