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Robertson wins Forestry Commission visitor centre work

11 Dec 12 Robertson has won a £3.9m contract to improve visitor centres in Dumfries and Galloway on behalf of the Forestry Commission Scotland.

New Kirroughtree visitor centre
New Kirroughtree visitor centre

Roberston will build the Forestry Commission’s new flagship visitor centre at Kirroughtree under a £3.4m contract and also refurbish two existing centres at Clatteringshaws and Glentrool all within Galloway Forest Park.

Work starts this month.

Robertson regional managing director Martin Smith said: “These plans will significantly enhance the visitor experience at these Forestry Commission sites. Robertson has established itself as a leading contractor due to our ability to utilise expertise from across the group to work on sensitive and sustainable projects alongside our commitment to delivering projects on time and within budget. We look forward to seeing the results of the Forestry Commission’s investment which will be a major boost for the Dumfries and Galloway tourism sector.”

The Kirroughtree visitor centre will be built using sustainable materials including timber and stone. The existing Kirroughtree Visitor centre will become offices for the Forestry Commission and partner organisations.

Refurbishment to Clatteringshaws visitor centre includes fitting large windows to provide a view over the nearby Clatteringshaws Loch and Dark Sky Park. Glentrool Visit Centre, which is the smallest of the three, will receive a small upgrade.

Robertson is also upgrading the David Marshall Lodge visitor centre at the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in the Trossachs. Work on site started in September and will be complete in June 2013.

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