The £300,000 150 square metre two-storey visitor centre on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway will be in use over the christmas period after a recently completed ten-month construction project.
The centre will have a number of extra uses including as a local community centre and a display space for local arts and craft events. The railway will also be using it as a training facility for their team of volunteer staff, a reception area for special occasions and a home for the railway's archives.
The completion of this project comes in good time for the railway to use as an assembly point for children during the popular 'Santa Specials' train rides over the Christmas period.
The stone-built steel framed centre has been named The Tim Mitchell building, after a former volunteer who left a considerable legacy for the centre to be built. The railway also had further investment after winning a £25,000 award from the Aviva Community Fund towards the fitting out and furnishing of the centre after members of the public voted for their favourite projects.
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