Winner Announced for Great Fen Visitor Centre Design Competition

A team consisting of Shiro Studio Ltd, Mesh Partnership and Equals Consulting are announced today as the winners of the Great Fen Visitor Centre competition. RIBA Competitions managed the competition on behalf of the Great Fen – a partnership which comprises the Environment Agency, Huntingdonshire District Council, Middle Level Commissioners, Natural England and The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Great Fen is an internationally acclaimed vision, one of sweeping scale and ambition. Over the next 50-100 years, more than 3,000ha of largely arable land will be transformed into a mosaic of habitat: pools, ponds and ditches; reedbed; fen, bog and marsh; wet grassland; dry grassland; woodland and scrub. The restored landscape will be created around and between Holme Fen National Nature Reserve and Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve – precious fragments of wild fen that are home to rare and endangered species of fenland plants and animals. The new Visitor Centre will be the Great Fen’s hub – an essential part of the evolving fenland landscape, to stimulate exploration and serve its visitors to the highest standards.

Shiro Studio Ltd was selected from a five strong shortlist which also included (in alphabetical order of design team lead): Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects Ltd; Boyarsky Murphy Architects; Feilden + Mawson LLP and Foster Lomas Ltd.