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25 Apr 2023

Grimshaw and Aspect Studios to Design Visitor Experience Centre as Part of the Twelve Apostles Precinct Redevelopment

Grimshaw and Aspect Studios to Design Visitor Experience Centre as Part of the Twelve Apostles Precinct Redevelopment
Concept design for Twelve Apostles Visitor Experience Centre by Grimshaw and Aspect Studios

Grimshaw and Aspect Studios have been appointed by the Victorian government to design the Visitor Experience Centre, which is part of the $108 million Twelve Apostles Precinct Redevelopment. The team will be working with the Eastern Marr Aboriginal Corporation and the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority on the design process for the centre. In addition to the Visitor Experience Centre, the project will include a park-and-ride facility, a temporary event space, a visitor shuttle shelter, landscaping, gardens, walking trails, new access roads, and improved parking at Secret Apostles Lookout.

The Grimshaw and Aspect Studios team are also designing the Coastal Works part of the precinct redevelopment, which comprises upgrades to visitor lookouts at Twelve Apostles and Gibson Steps, new bike and walking trails, a new transit pod at Loch Ard Gorge, and an amphitheatre. The project is aimed at protecting and enhancing one of Victoria's significant cultural and environmental regions.

“With the ambition to protect and enhance one of Victoria’s significant cultural and environmental regions, we’re delighted to continue working in partnership with the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, and in collaboration with our expert team, to design the new Visitor Experience Centre and help realize the vision for the Twelve Apostles Precinct,” said Andrew Perez, managing partner of Grimshaw. Matthew Mackay, studio director at Aspect Studios, added that the co-design approach with the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation has been critical in planning the precinct and will be key in realizing a remarkable, enriched experience of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge in the future.

The Twelve Apostles Precinct Redevelopment also includes a number of private sector projects, such as an eco-lodge at Princetown and a hot springs and resort facility designed by Neil Architecture. The Grimshaw and Aspect Studios team is set to contribute to the creation of an outstanding tourism experience that is respectful of the area's cultural and environmental significance.

Source: ArchitectureAU

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