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Helmsman1946
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Just came across this
https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/competitions/competition-acle-bridge-visitor-centre-norfolk/10030607.article
Sorry I didn't realise there was a problem with access I got right in by going in via Google from the link on the BA Facebook page But as some members here are not on FB thought I had cracked it for them

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Please note you have to subscribe to get the rest of this news to the link above ,but here is the full story
" In case anyone can't get into the AJ website, the wording used is as below:
"The Broads Authority has launched an international contest to design a £750,000 visitor centre at Acle Bridge, Norfolk
The anonymous competition seeks ‘outstanding’ conceptual visions for a landmark structure for visitors to the 303km² Broads National Park, which was created nearly 30 years ago as Britain’s largest protected wetland.
The project will transform a prominent site next to the River Bure into a major new tourist destination featuring educational displays and views over the surrounding natural landscape.
In its brief, the Broads Authority says: ‘A landmark building is essential for this sensitive site to create a new visitor attraction for the national park and raise the profile of the area’s special qualities.
‘It will engage the public in the big issues: the importance of managing water, climate change and sea-level rise, the need for sustainability to be at the heart of building in the Broads and the provision of fantastic facilities for visitors, local residents and schoolchildren.’
The Broads is an ancient network of navigable rivers and lakes created by the flooding of medieval peat workings across Norfolk and Suffolk. The area is a recognised centre of biodiversity and was made a national park in 1988.
The competition focuses on a 1.1ha riverfront plot a short distance from the village of Acle. The site, next to the A1064 road, currently features a shop, car parking, private and public moorings and an out-of-use public toilet.
The new building should harness innovative construction techniques and feature multipurpose education spaces along with a café and toilets, a cycle hire centre and facilities for boaters.
Proposals must be sustainable and capable of mitigating flood risks while also being low-maintenance and high-quality.
Submissions should include two A2-sized display boards and a 500-word project explanation. Shortlisted teams will each receive £1,000 to further develop their designs and present to the evaluation panel.
Judges include Broads Authority chief executive John Packman, Norwich University of the Arts vice-chancellor John Last and representatives from Anglian Water and New Anglia. A winner will be announced on 27 July.
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 29 May.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information (link given in my post above)
Contact details
Sarah Mullarney
Administrative Officer
Broads Authority
Yare House
62-64 Thorpe Rd
Norwich
NR1 1RY
Email: Sarah.Mullarney@broads-authority.gov.uk
Tel: 01603 756063""

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You don't have to subscribe to the site to read the article. The web site drops a blocking cookie onto your device, the first time you visit it, so when you go back a second time to read the article, you can't.

All you have to do is remove the cookie. Simply delete the folder 'architectsjournal.co.uk' in your cookies list - this contains all the cookies dropped by the site, including the blocking cookie. If you don't know how to access the cookies list for your browser (and you really should), just delete your browsing history.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Such a pity that a BA Information Centre was not built at Potter Heigham - despite the BA having spent thousands of pounds installing concrete casement piling for the project.

Let's hope this one gets beyond the competition stage and before too much more money is wasted.

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Thanks pally , i was politely pointed out the other day when the story emerged and posted it up , that at that time it was thought you had to join or subscribe to get the full story so it made no sense to members here to only read a headline and nothing else after that so I removed it , anyhow full story is now up for all to read  Smile

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Yet another vanity project by the CEO.
Wrong location, no need identified, Whitlingham already exists.
It is a conservation project, navigation will be ignored.
£750,000 cost but part private funded, several questions arise not least the size of the BA share and limitations, if any, on future development.
A large building on this site is totally inappropriate. Road access is dangerous. A third cafe is a nonsense.



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I hate to say it (well that’s putt6ing it a bit strong) but I must agree with Mardler, who ever thought that this was a suitable site for a project of this kind really has lost the plot.

The A1064 is a road to pass along unless you are on a boat why would you stop there?  A meal at the Bridge pub, lower a mast perhaps, but, there is very little to see and far as I know no interesting walks or exceptional wildlife.

If there is £750,000 going spare why on earth not build on an existing project?  For example a building of that sort either at Ranworth, nearer to the village linked by a better footpath to the existing floating centre or a further development overlooking the river at Whittlingham rather than concentrating on the lake.  Personally I would have been looking for matched funding from Richardsons for a major expansion of the Museum of the Broads  or failing that, as has been suggested go in with Woods and the local businesses to revitalise Potter Heigham (the old pub site comes to mind)


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Bill - I guess you have read this then?
http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/850811/Broads-Local-Plan-January-Bite-Size-Pieces.pdf

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Sorry, probably just me but not sure what point you are making.

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That will teach me to paste and run-
The Broads Authority have included redevelopment at Potter including the hotel site in Repps in the new Broads Plan ( I do remember having a meal in the hotel probably on my second boating holiday)
I have not looked to see what they had to say about Acle Bridge

Peter

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