Cley from the Sky!
When he’s not busy in the Norwich office, Associate Julian Steel is a keen pilot and took these fantastic shots of the Norfolk Wildlife Trusts Cley Marshes Visitor Centre from the air, including the recently completed Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre.
The centre aimed to ensure a continuing role for the Reserve interpreting the impact of future climate changes on the environment, meet new visitor requirements so as to harmonise with the existing historic DBO ‘thatched hut’.
A ground-hugging, sedum moss roof defines a gentle curve over a strip of frameless glazing, providing uninterrupted views over the nature reserve. The centre has since gone on to great success with visitor numbers averaging 110,000 in 2011 and 2012, three times the figure envisaged.
The unprecedented popularity of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s 2006 Cley Marshes Visitor Centre meant that it soon lacked space for education and interpretation. The wildlife education centre, named after local naturalist Simon Aspinall, has been designed for visitors to explore, discover and be inspired by the Norfolk wildlife.
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