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



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