Lovell Stone were delighted to supply Chicksgrove Limestone for the development of a new Visitor Centre at Stonehenge.
Stonehenge, built between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC, is thought to have been used for a variety of religious ceremonies and its visitor centre has been built to “restore the dignity” of this iconic monument.
The £27m project incorporates a café, shop, special exhibition space, archeglocial treasures and a ‘Standing on Stones’ show, providing a 360 degree audio visual view from inside the stones. Visitors are transported about a mile-and-a-half from the centre to the stones via shuttle bus.
Our Chicksgrove stone has been used extensively throughout the external landscaping scheme for external paving, with a total of 1800 sqm. being supplied. The stone was supplied with two special finishes—a brushed finish which exposes shell content and a fine calibrated finish.
This included long planks of stone that create a Parquet floor design giving visitors a unique experience as they walk around the centre and have access to extensive outdoor space.
The visitor centre was completed in December 2013 and hosts more than 1million people each year. It’s great that so many people are now able to see a quality local stone, which has been used for centuries used within a contemporary context, as part of an attraction that includes one of the UK’s most recognisable landmarks.