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K Walker, Cornwall

Visitor centres

A successful visitor centre should become a part of the attraction itself – welcoming, relaxing and engaging guests.


Nothing welcomes like a oak framed building

Whether a traditional or contemporary design, nothing has the warmth and appeal of natural timber – making it the ideal choice for visitor centres.

Oak frame visitor centre-thetfordCreating great visitor experiences

People are drawn to the UK’s great visitor attractions for their unique appeal, whether it’s an ancient building or a wildlife park. The visitor centre creates the welcome: it’s the place where people shop, eat, relax, take in exhibits – and more. Great attractions need visitor centres to match – and a building with an oak frame at its heart creates a superb environment that enhances the overall visit.

Oak frame visitor centreWelcoming people at some of the UK’s greatest attractions

Carpenter Oak & Woodland has created stunning timber-framed buildings for some of the country’s best-loved attractions, including Arbroath Abbey, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Earth Centre, Robbie Burns Museum, Rosslyn Chapel, Stowe Gardens, Thetford Forest and Westonbirt Arboretum. We even created the tower at the centre of Longleat Safari Park’s maze.

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Oak frame visitor centre-stowe gardensAlways bespoke, always just right

What sets Carpenter Oak & Woodland apart is the ‘always bespoke’ nature of our business. Every single timber frame that we create is purpose-designed – which is why the visitor centres that we’ve helped create are so successful. We work with our customers to create a timber frame which meets their budget and their architect’s vision – designing and building around the unique needs of the attraction, the use of the building, the available plot and the surrounding landscape.

Oak frame visitor centreOak frames get better with age

There’s no doubt that visitor centres are some of the busiest public buildings. The good news is that oak frames don’t surrender to wear and tear as readily as other materials – indeed, they become richer with each passing year, as the frame matures. Plus, a timber frame is an ecologically responsible building choice, using less embodied energy than most forms of construction – and being a farmed crop, it’s proactivity replaced as it’s used rather than being depleted.