Practice will work up proposals for Oxford University site after National Lottery funding award


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Aerial view of Harcourt Arboretum, near Oxford

Harcourt Arboretum in Oxfordshire has appointed architect Purcell to work up designs for a visitor and learning centre that will include a café and shop, as well as all-weather education space.

The grade I-listed attraction at Nuneham Courtenay, five miles south of Oxford city centre, covers 52ha and boasts a nationally-important collection of trees.

Earlier this year site-owner Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum – which is part of the University of Oxford – was awarded £191,420 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop proposals for the new centre at Harcourt in preparation for a full grant application.

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Early-stage concept image for Purcell’s visitor and learning centre at Harcourt Arboretum

Purcell regional partner Nicola Hewes said the practice was delighted to be asked to find ways to help transform the visitor experience at Harcourt and help open the site up to local communities.

“Such a special site deserves an innovative and sustainable design solution and we are looking forward to collaborating with the university and arboretum team to realise this exceptional project,” she said.

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The entrance to Harcourt Arboretum