A place of shelter, education and interpretation for visitors
Adam Richards Architects for English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund
Contract value: £935,000
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.