Discovery Centre, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Many buildings within the care of the National Trust are no longer fit for their original purpose and are not currently being used. This does not mean that these redundant buildings do not have a future - many have the potential to be adapted for alternative use either for commercial or community projects. An example of the successful adaptation of a redundant building is the Brewhouse, part of a group of semi-derelict Grade II Listed buildings in the Stable Yard of the former Clumber Estate. This building has been adapted for use as the Clumber Park Discovery Centre.
Adapting the Brewhouse required care to ensure that original features were preserved. Some of the fascinating things that were discovered during the survey work here included a well, eighteenth century ceiling plaster, an eighteenth century tiled floor in the stable area, ornate fireplaces, and other original features that had previously been bricked up. These fantastic discoveries have been creatively utilised by JANVS | VIDAR in the interpretation of the estate buildings.
The Clumber Park Discovery Centre is a fully accessible, interactive interpretative centre that creates a welcoming, active, dynamic and socially inclusive learning environment in which families and school groups can discover the rich and varied wildlife of Clumber Park and learn about the conservation work of the National Trust. The design by JANVS | VIDAR perfectly complements the existing architecture and makes use of a wide range of green technologies and renewable resources.