A significant ‘welcome project’ is underway at Wimpole Hall Estate in Cambridgeshire to address the current shortcomings of the transportation, parking and arrival presented at the Grade 1 Registered Parkland.
Local construction specialist, Mick George Ltd, is completing earthworks on behalf of principal contractor Brooks and Wood Ltd, contributing towards the new car-park and visitor welcome building that are being created.
The enabling works will supplement the new gateway, which will bring the house, gardens, parkland, farm and wider landscape together, highlighting the rich heritage of the destination.
The stately home run by The National Trust opened its doors in the 1970s and today welcomes 300,000 visitors per year.
Visitor numbers can reach up to 1,300 per day at peak times, meaning the existing car-park has been outgrown. The new parking areas will cater for up to 1,800 vehicles, made up of 1,400 permanent spaces located south-east of the hall, outside of the registered park and will be accessed through Orwell Lane.
In addition, 400 temporary grass spaces will be available. The former car-park will be returned to designated parkland landscape.
The phased project is anticipated to be complete in Winter 2019, with the restoration of the current car-park finished around Spring 2020.
Michael George, Managing Director of Mick George Ltd, commented: ‘’The visitor numbers indicate just how popular the destination is, attracting people from near and far. We’re pleased to play a part in improving the experience for all those attending the facility.’’