Queen’s View Visitor Centre to re-open for business

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29 APRIL 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16256

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The recently refurbished Queen’s View Visitor Centre will re-open for business towards the end of May.

Forestry Commission Scotland has completed a refurbishment programme that has resulted in a state-of-the-art facility that is another jewel in Perthshire’s tourism crown.

Hamish Murray, for the Commission’s team in Tay, said:

 “The Queen’s View is one of Perthshire’s top attractions with more and more visitors coming every year.

“With the refurbishment of the Visitor Centre, we’ve created a top flight experience that can compete in the modern tourism sector – something that will really give all our visitors that ‘wow’ factor experience. It’s modern, open, airy and light and a place that people will want to come back to, time and again.

“Today’s visitors have high expectations and we have to meet those expectations – and hopefully go that little bit further to provide an even bigger draw for visitors to the area.”

As well as a complete internal refit, the exterior of the buildings has been refreshed and a large balcony area added to the café facility, overlooking the forest. Car and coach parking facilities have also been extended to cater for increased numbers of visitors.

The £1M refurbishment project - one of the ‘shovel ready’ projects to benefit from the £105M construction industry boost announced by Finance Secretary, John Swinney in June 2012 – was overseen by contract supervisor, Robertson Construction.

Hamish added:

“It has been a sterling effort by all involved and we’ve delivered on time and on budget. I think when people see what the team has achieved they’ll be completely bowled over.”

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

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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 

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk