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Denton Corker Marshalls stalled proposal for a new visitor centre at the Stonehenge site in the UK has received a funding boost from the UK Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project was put on hold in June 2010 when the UK Government withdrew its funding of the project in a series of spending cuts. The announcement came only four months after the project received planning approval from Wiltshire Council.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has now pledged £10 million in support, matching the amount withdrawn by the Government earlier this year and effectively doubling the HLF’s commitment to the project. With this new funding now in place, English Heritage say they have secured two-thirds of the £27 million needed for the project.
English Heritage the body overseeing the management and conservation of Stonehenge has been pursuing funding alternatives since the coalition government scrapped funding for projects it claimed did not represent good value for money. English Heritage is now confident that remaining funds will be raised through donations, allowing construction to start in 2012.
A statement from the Heritage Lottery Fund said: HLFs grant will support work to remove the existing visitor facilities allowing the experience of the stones to be more naturally integrated with its ancient processional approach and the surrounding landscape.
The project aims to improve the visitor experience, including the creation of a new carefully designed visitor centre which will include education and exhibition spaces to help people learn more about Stonehenges history.
Denton Corker Marshall director Stephen Quinlan said the practice was pleased English Heritage took on the challenge to raise money and bring the project to fruition.