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Environment and Education Centre

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Van Heyningen and Haward
location Purfleet
function education, watch-tower
contributed by Cordula_Zeidler

The Environment and Education Centre forms the entry point to a bird sanctuary, located between the towns of Purfleet and Rainham. Visitors in weatherproof clothing stand outside the building, focusing large telescopes and cameras with powerful lenses at rare species of birds. In the past guns were fired here, during shooting exercises by the Ministry of Defence. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, who now owns the land, commissioned a gateway building for this reclaimed piece of nature. Although the plot is situated in the middle of the marshes, with quite industrial surroundings, the building shows itself optimistic. A rectangular cantilevering first floor, clad in multi-coloured timber, accommodates the cafe and education spaces, and its large range of windows form an eye onto the landscape. Below on the ground floor are offices and a shop. The centre is seen as a flagship project which will have a positive wake-up effect nationally.

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Environment and Education Centre
New Tank Hill Road
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours 1 November-31 March 9.30 am-4.30 pm. 1 April-31 October 9.30 am-5 pm. tel: 01708 899840
How to get there? Located between the towns of Purfleet and Rainham, the Environment and Education Centre can be found in the Rainham Marshes, on a small road off New Tank Hill Road. The nearest railway station to this reserve is Purfleet. C2C rail run a regular train service (approx every 30 mins) from London Fenchurch Street to Purfleet Station (Essex). Bus route 44 runs daily between Grays and Lakeside via Purfleet.
Completion 2006
ArchitectVan Heyningen and Haward
Client Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Project ID 797
Latitude/Longitude 51°29'17N 00°13'47E
Contributed by Cordula_Zeidler
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