WWT London Wetland Centre joins forces with fit-out specialists fuse design + build to convert their theatre building into a multi-functional venue launching this summer 2016
WWT London Wetland Centre announces development plans funded by Thames Water set to open in time for the peak summer season at London Wetland Centre. Local Barnes-based commercial and residential refurbishment specialists, fuse design + build (www.fuse-db.com) is the appointed contractor to deliver innovative designs in order to convert the existing theatre building into a multi-purpose venue. It will appeal to visitors and school groups and provide a unique setting for corporate days, weddings and other event hire all year round.
London Wetland Centre, an award winning nature reserve, attracts 200,000 visitors a year to its world-renowned nature reserve and conservation area at Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT. The theatre space at the London Wetland Centre opened in 2000 as a key part of the visitor centre complex. The aim of the new development project is to cater for the multitude of day to day activities and events that the WWT has to offer in its unique setting.
fuse has devised design concepts with WWT with an “eco-chic” theme for the venue using neutral and rustic, earthy tones, compelling graphics and raw materials to create a contemporary indoor, outdoor feel and to emulate the awe-inspiring, natural environment. With a stylish decked area at the rear of the building cantilevered over the water and a covered structure sympathetic to the surroundings, fuse and WWT aim to create the perfect platform for event hire and provide a stunning entertaining space to compliment and accentuate the beautiful backdrop of the Wetlands.
With a strong AV, mechanical and electrical division, fuse will also design and install full cinema capabilities and interactive technology for screenings and presentations during corporate days
and for WWT’s on-going formal educational programmes. Plus, various water-saving measures will also be incorporated in this project backed by Thames Water.
David Green, Manager of London Wetland Centre, comments; “Bringing this exciting development project to fruition with Thames Water is part of our on-going strategy to enhance and expand our overall offering at WWT. Together with the dedicated and highly professional team at fuse design + build, we look forward to revealing a fantastic new venue that will compliment the natural surroundings and augment our values and efforts in conserving and appreciating the environment around us.”
Managing Director of fuse, Lee Heath, adds; “We are extremely proud to be working with WWT and Thames Water in such an exciting development project in London. The designs and flexibility of the venue aim to offer a wide appeal and create a memorable and inspiring place for all ages to enjoy.”