A few months have passed since our last blog post, and in that time, the project has progressed to a stage where we now have a final proposed design for the extension to the Calanais Visitor Centre.
Last Saturday, 22 August, we held an information session for members of the local community to drop by and see our plans. The lead architect of our project, Ian Alexander, Sinéad McGhee from JM Architects and Urras nan Tursachan board directors were there to answer any questions regarding the proposals.
We were very pleased with the turnout, with an estimated 40 – 50 people coming to see what the new Calanais Visitor Centre will look like. The feedback we received from those who attended was generally very positive, so those of us at the CVC and the architects themselves were pleased with the outcome of the day. Many thanks again to everyone who came along.
Of course, there may be some people who wanted to attend the information session but did not manage to. For those of you who could not attend, the proposed plans can be seen here on our blog. The presentation boards that JM Architects compiled for the information session can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Community Information Boards’ link below.
The presentation guides you through the design process, explaining the concept behind the design and the analysis carried out on the site, all the way through to the final proposed design. The upgraded Calanais Visitor Centre will include a larger shop, cafe, kitchen and interpretation area. As well as the main interpretation area, there will be information and interpretation spread throughout the centre, ensuring that the Story of the Stones and the wider landscape resonates all the way through the building. There will also be some amendments to the car park layout to incorporate additional parking bays, including four disabled parking bays.
Funding is yet to be secured for the project, and will be our priority over the next few months. All being well, we will be able to update you again on our progress in a few months time. In the meantime, should you have any comments or queries regarding the project, feel free to contact us (contact details can be found on our website: www.callanishvisitorcentre.co.uk).