On the ground
As the project evolves we will be adding photos to this page to show you the progress on the ground.
The building works will inevitably cause some disruption, so thank you for your patience during this time, and please follow any diversions whilst they are in place to ensure Public safety.
Work is nearing completion with the final fixes taking place in the new kitchen, counters being installed in the new cafe, and furniture being delivered.
Work has continued with elctricians and plumbers on site, roofing and sheltered areas are under completion, and the kitchen and cafe fit have been taking place.
Work is on schedule for completion in time for Easter as planned, and the site has been very busy.
Windows are in, the cafe kitchen extension is up, the old cafe area has been opened up and enlarged inside, a new screed floor has been laid, and the windows to the atrium have been installed.
As work continues at a pace around the building, old internal walls have been removed, shelters are going up, construction of the new kitchen is well under way and windows start to go in along the front of the building.
The cafe has moved to it's new temporary home at the entrance to the Pinetum, and work on the old cafe building has begun.
By the end of November, scaffolding is on site and work begins on the atrium and café area alterations, and on the installation of glazed roof windows and the door structure along the front of the building.
Other ongoing works include construction of the shelter area behind the education room and an additional shelter adjacent to the café.
October marked the start of the eagerly awaited and exciting programme of works to the Café and Visitor Centre Building and the directly surrounding landscape.
Bedgebury Manager, Dominic Robinson, shown here with Jim Lyon, Forestry Commission East District Forest District Manager, and Simon Hodgson, Forestry Commission England Chief Executive, met with representatives form the project delivery team to launch the beginning of the build work.
In early October, excavations started around the visitor centre including the installation of a new ramp and stair access to the building, as well as adding new seating arrangements and paths.
Following the end of the half term school holidays, the cafe moved to a new temporary home so that building works to the Café and Visitor Centre could begin at the start of November.
Before work started August 2014