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Felixstowe: New visitor centre at Landguard will help promote all of the resort

PUBLISHED: 08:53 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:53 22 February 2013

An artist's impression of the new temporary Landguard visitor centre, which should be up and running this spring.

An artist's impression of the new temporary Landguard visitor centre, which should be up and running this spring.

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COMMUNITY leaders have agreed to give a £4,000 cash injection to a project for a visitor centre at Landguard.

Work has been taking place to prepare the footings for the temporary centre, with modular buildings due to be put in place by spring.

The centre – which will be replaced with a permanent building when the Port of Felixstowe undertakes the second phase of the redevelopment of Landguard Terminal – will provide a focal point for those arriving to find out what there is to do at the different attractions.

It will also feature much-needed toilets, an exhibition hall, and a top quality 58-seat restaurant with panoramic view of Harwich Harbour.

Part of the scheme will be an interpretation project, using the latest computer technology to tell people about Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Museum, the nature reserve, bird observatory, and the port viewing area.

The Landguard Partnership wants to enhance this and include information to encourage people to visit the wider Felixstowe area and Felixstowe Town Council has agreed to give £4,000 towards equipment, including a large media screen and software.

Councillors were told the full project was due to cost around £10,000.

Councillor Andy Smith said: “It is a big opportunity to link the town with Landguard and the branding of Great Days by the Sea, promoted by Felixstowe Futures and the chamber of trade.

“The plan is to do this through touch screens and interactive displays to provide the information.”

Councillor Stuart Bird said: “This initiative is going to enhance the centre and encourage tourists to visit other parts of the town and will be dynamic and exciting.”

He added: “Felixstowe needs this.”

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