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Forestry Commission Scotland is set to take forward (subject to planning approval) a long-planned, £1M revamp of Perthshire’s Queen’s View Visitor Centre – thanks to an injection of cash from the Scottish Government.
In June this year, Finance Secretary, John Swinney announced a £105 million boost for ‘shovel ready’ projects – and Queen’s View was one of them.
The Commission is now gearing up to carry out the work to rejuvenate the building and help make it fit for purpose in the 21st century – and anyone who would like to look over the plans can drop in to the Visitor Centre between 25 – 31 October. (Alternatively, check the Queen’s View web pages between 25 Oct and the end of November.)
Hamish Murray, for the Commission’s Tay District team said:
“Queen’s View is one of Perthshire’s, and probably Scotland’s, top scenic attractions - we get something like 150,000 visitors here every year.
“Second to the view, the Visitor Centre has been a focal point for tourists and visitors and it’s done a magnificent job for over 20 years. In fact it’s proved to be such a success, that we’re having to re-jig things a bit in order to better meet visitor’s expectations.
“We thought it was time for a bit of a make-over. And when better to do it than in Diamond Jubilee year.”
As well as swapping over the café and retail space, the buildings will be refurbished, parking will be improved and more interpretation material added to the site. The programme of work will be phased over two years and will be carried out during the closed season (November – March). It is expected to be completed by Spring 2014.
“It will still be the same centre that people know and love but it will be a bit smarter, a bit more welcoming and more able to deal with the visitor numbers that pass through the doors.
“Drawings and plans will be on show at the Centre for a week or so before we submit our planning application so come along and find out what’s planned. There will also be a visitor book where you can let us know what you think.”
The initial phase of work is expected to start at the end of January 2013 and is being managed by Robertson Construction.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2. Located in the heart of Highland Perthshire, 7 miles west of Pitlochry, Queen’s View is the most visited attraction in Perth & Kinross, hosting some 150,000 visitors per year.
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland