Award win for visitor centre

The Museum is proud to announce that its new visitor centre has won Retail & Leisure Project of the Year at the Structural Timber Awards 2017. ABIR Architects collected this prestigious award on 10 October 2017 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.

With over 200 exemplary entries packed full of outstanding, pioneering projects, products and people received, this year’s Structural Timber Awards judges expressed that they were overwhelmed with the high standard and variety of entries within each category.

Commenting on the award win, Martin Purslow, CEO of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, said:

“The Structural Timber Awards celebrate innovation, best practice and expertise in timber technology, showcasing innovative solutions and ground-breaking developments from across the UK timber industry. This national award is in recognition of the quality of workmanship on the timber framing for our new visitor centre buildings.”

The Museum’s visitor centre opened on 19 May 2017 and feature a gift shop and waterside café, both of which are open to the public, plus three introductory galleries for Museum visitors to enjoy. This £6 million project was only possible through a £4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museum’s own robust fundraising campaign.

This is the second award win for the visitor centre. A Sussex Heritage Trust Award was won for our traditional hand-made chestnut roof shakes – over 60,000 of them – on the two largest roofs of our new visitor centre. The awards went to Ben Law and Justin Owen, the craftsmen who painstakingly made the  shakes, and John Grant of Kingsley Roofing whose job it was to apply the shakes to the roofs.