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Breathing new life into Sandwell

26 July 2012

Fen Gerry
Media & Communications Officer

Plans for the re-development of the RSPB’s Sandwell Valley nature centre are taking shape. 

After a devastating fire badly damaged the nature centre in March 2010, the RSPB is now working to breathe new life into Sandwell with new and improved facilities.

Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (see note 1) in the developing stage of regenerating the reserve, the RSPB has appointed architect Ian Bramble to lead the development a design for a new centre. 

Ian is a Birmingham-based architect with considerable experience of building design and construction in the local area. 

On 26 July 2012, from 4pm to 8pm at the RSPB Sandwell Valley Classroom, the RSPB is inviting the local community to meet the architect team.

Mike Pollard from the RSPB says: “We are looking forward to discussing any aspect of the exciting new project – we are very interested in hearing thoughts about the new design.  Everyone is welcome to come along. ”

Ian will be working on a “concept design” during August and is really keen to understand the views of everyone living close and involved in the reserve.

This will be an informal event and people are welcome to drop in at any time.  There will be refreshments available.

There will be an opportunity for people to discuss their ideas if they are not able to attend the event, contact RSPB’s Mike Pollard;


PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY – An invitation to discuss and share thoughts about the new building design for RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve.

Ø  When: 26 July, 4.30pm

Ø  Where: RSPB Sandwell Valley Classroom

Ø  Contact: Fen Gerry, RSPB Media & Communications Officer: 07912 406125

For more information please contact Fen Gerry, RSPB Media & Communications Officer: 07912 40612

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Notes to editors:

  1. Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 33,900 projects, allocating £4.4billion across the UK, including nearly £320million to the West Midlands alone. Website:

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