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World-class Visitor Centre

Key Facts

The ComFlor® 60 on this project formed the Exhibition Centre’s external terrace, together with several infill areas within the Castle

Client: Dorset County Council

Main Contractor: Greendale Construction

Deck Installer: Composite Profiles UK Ltd

 


Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset

Composite Profiles were delighted to be chosen by Greendale Construction to participate in the redevelopment of this local iconic landmark.

Director, Roy Norton advises, ‘at Composite Profiles, we recognise that the timely delivery and installation of our products is critical to the overall success of each project, no matter how small our part.’

The ComFlor® 60 on this project formed the Exhibition Centre’s external terrace, together with several infill areas within the Castle.

The Castle has now been transformed into an inspirational, world class facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast.

Durlston Castle was originally built between 1887 and 1891 as the centrepiece of George Burt’s Durlston estate.  Dorset County Council have developed the Castle as an integral part of the Park and established a world class Gateway Centre for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

The main goal of the Project was and is to ensure that Durlston retains its integral beauty, tranquillity and wildlife importance whilst enhancing the areas in and around the Victorian Castle.

The main aims of The Durlston Project include:

  • Restoring Durlston Castle as an integral part of the Park and ensuring a viable future for this important part of our Victorian heritage.
  • Enhancing the management and conservation of the area's internationally important natural heritage including careful zoning policies and the creation of a National Nature Reserve.
  • Improving access and providing greater opportunities particularly for disabled visitors, young people and under-represented groups.
  • Enhancing enjoyment, awareness and understanding of the natural world through the provision of high quality interpretation and information
  • Providing new opportunities for learning and family activities based in an exciting, newly refurbished visitor facility.
  • Developing an innovative programme of exhibitions and events in a new gallery space which will connect visitors with the site through art.
  • Expanding opportunities for volunteer involvement through Friends of Durlston and other volunteering and training opportunities.
  • Providing greatly enhanced all weather facilities and other attractions to encourage a wider range of visitors to enjoy a day out at Durlston.
  • Providing the facilities for an expanded range of community uses supporting local events and activities.
  • Improving the management and conservation of the wider 'Burt landscape'.
  • Providing a significant tourism asset for Swanage, of particular value outside the main visitor season.
  • Promoting exercise, healthy living and well being through countryside activity, recreation and enjoyment.
  • Improving people's understanding of their impact on the world around them and encourage more sustainable lifestyles.
  • Working with local schools and universities to encourage project involvement and longer-term associations.
  • Ensuring that Durlston continues to offer a safe, welcoming and tranquil environment for people to enjoy.