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Delamere redevelopment project

Updated 17th September 2020

Even a global pandemic didn’t slow us down……Visitor Centre construction completes!

The new visitor welcome point at Delamere Forest

Forestry England and construction firm Willmott Dixon have finished on schedule, the redevelopment of the brand-new Visitor Centre and facilities for our 750,000 visitors that come every year.

The £9 million redevelopment project, the largest ever commissioned by Forestry England, has seen new access roads and improved car parking for 500 cars, a large eco-friendly timber framed visitor welcome building, new café, bike hire and toilets including accessible facilities.

When coronavirus (COVID-19) arrived, and as the UK government introduced more stringent measures to reduce the spread in March, prompt action was needed by Willmott Dixon to ensure the summer 2020 project continued and completed on time

The recreation team at Delamere Forest have now formally taken hand over of the new building and as they settle in and get to grips with the running of this, more and more facilities have become available including the bike hire, café and toilets.

The new car park and ANPR has been up and running for over a month and early figures show how popular it has been. The team are finding this new way of working a benefit to site and easier to manage so we are hoping that they will settle in to operating the new building just as quickly.

Following lockdown, outdoor attractions have continued to be popular destinations seeing heavy footfall. Delamere Forest has seen consistently large visitor numbers so this timely development is much needed for this exceptionally popular site. We look forward to welcoming you to site soon.

There is still plenty more to come. On site you will continue to see on-going works and upgrades to the former central visitor areas. Please adhere to any works signage and diversions that are in place. We are also busy planning our trail infrastructure redevelopment ahead of works in 2021.