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Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Volunteer Centre

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Volunteer centre, Corporate Architectured Limited
1 of 2 | Volunteer centre, Corporate Architectured Limited
Volunteer centre, Corporate Architectured Limited
2 of 2 | Volunteer centre, Corporate Architectured Limited

A new and eagerly anticipated Volunteer Training Centre, built using Bradstone Split Facing Masonry blocks

Key facts

Architect: Corporate Architecture Limited
Sector: Leisure
Client: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Contractor: S&S Contracting Ltd
  • Required to fit alongside other local constructions
  • Multipurpose centre designed to provide support and training for conservation, countryside and heritage skills volunteers
  • First of its kind in the UK


Volunteers are vital to the future of Rutland Water and other nature reserves in the two counties managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. At Rutland Water alone, there is a team of over 350 volunteers to help protect and enhance the nature reserve.

They carry out a huge range of tasks, including practical nature conservation, habitat management, wildlife monitoring, scientific studies, welcoming visitors, staffing visitor centres and assisting with events and activities.

The new Volunteer Training Centre will provide much-needed facilities, including training and learning areas, bunk rooms for residential courses, meeting spaces, a kitchen and a mess room, workshop with storage for tools and equipment, wash-rooms and drying facilities.

The Training Centre will allow the team to:

  • Provide essential natural heritage training and countryside skills in fit-for-purpose facilities
  • Engage with new volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities
  • Deliver comprehensive and inclusive programmes of volunteer support, development and training
  • Enable more people to connect with and enjoy the areas wonderful natural heritage


The building incorporated important features to help minimise its environmental impact including locally-sourced building materials, maximum use of natural light and a high level of insulation. The centre also featured gabions filled with local stone which help with the insulation and provide a rich variety of wildlife micro-habitats.

Due to the conservation requirements of the area and the local stone used to fill the gabion baskets being a natural buff colour, the team decided on our Facing Masonry Split in the Buff shade. Product benefits include:

  • Available as a 100mm solid with a standard strength of 10.4N/mm2
  • Available in a Buff or Grey shade
  • Produced for use internally and externally both above and below dpc

Customer testimonials

The striking building which incorporates a mixture of stone filled gabions and timber facades, alongside a sebum roof and buff facing blockwork was constructed to provide support for the incredible work of the volunteers.

Corporate Architecture Limited
We are delighted with the building, which will make a real difference for both people and wildlife for years to come
Simon Bentley
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

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