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Morgan Sindall to build new Bodmin cycle hub

Morgan Sindall to build new Bodmin cycle hub

Visitors will soon be able to enjoy a new £1.2 million café and cycle hire facilities at the National Trust Lanhydrock property, near Bodmin.

The buildings for the Cycle Hub, which are being built by leading construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall, which has an office in Plymouth, are located at the late Victorian country house run by the National Trust.

Construction of the Hub buildings is part of wider plans to create approximately six miles of new off road cycle trails in woodlands to the north of the estate, as well as a cycle skills area. The trails will be aimed primarily at novice and family cyclists, being graded green (easy) and blue (moderate). The cycle trails will complement the recently opened trails at the Forestry Commission Cardinham Woods, which are aimed at more experienced cyclists.

Built on two adjacent sites, the café and cycle hire facilities will feature timber cladding with a zinc standing seam roof and gabion walls – these are stone filled wire blocks designed to help the building blend into the existing environment.

The buildings have been designed by Plymouth-based architects Stride Treglown and include a café / kitchen, toilets and cycle hire with bike store and a workshop space.

Kevin Hendy, contracts manager for Morgan Sindall, said: “Cycling is becoming increasingly popular across the South West. The new trails at Lanhydrock will receive a large number of visitors each year and the café and cycle hire Hub will provide a vital service to those using the trails, as well as visitors to the main house and gardens. Morgan Sindall has recently secured a number of contract wins across the region and work on this exciting project is progressing well.”

Angela Proctor, Cycle Hub Development Manager for the National Trust, said: “This is a really exciting project for the National Trust. It is often felt that outdoor spaces have been the Trust’s best kept secret and we want to play our part in helping to reconnect the nation with these spaces – what better way to do this than through off road cycling. The Hub development will provide a valuable year-round resource for the local community as well as visiting tourists.”

David Bayliss, divisional director at Stride Treglown, said: “Stride Treglown Architects was delighted to be appointed to design this addition to Lanhydrock estate. We have worked closely with the Trust to design a contemporary building that will sit within the wooded environment to provide a flexible destination for the diverse range of visitors to the estate.”

The Cycle Hub, which has received investment from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), is due to open to the public in spring 2014.

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Pictured: An artist’s impression of the completed cycle hub and café at Lanhydrock Estate

For more information about this news release please contact Meg Binns at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email binns@paversmith.co.uk