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Removable converted shipping container plan for Kynance Cove
10:20am Tuesday 4th February 2014 in News
Recycled shipping containers could be placed at Kynance Cove as converted toilets and office space.
The National Trust is behind the plan, working alongside design firm Boex of Porthleven.
Writing on a recent blog the trust said: “For those of you who’ve visited Kynance Cove in the last few years you may have noticed recently that the toilet block and car park huts are looking a little worn out and in need of updating, so we've put together a new plan for those buildings.”
The trust took over the car park at Kynance in the 1980s, when there were several buildings including a hotel. These were later demolished as the National Trust concentrated on improving the landscape, the damage that erosion had caused around the upper areas of the car park and improving the visitor access to the beach.
These days there are very few manmade additions to the landscape, aside from the two car park huts and the old council toilet block.
The trust took on responsibility for the toilet block in 2005 and said it now wants to improve facilities.
“We aim to use recycled shipping containers to replace these buildings this year and provide new up to date toilet facilities and visitor information.
“The containers are designed to be entirely transportable units, which can be lifted off site at the end of the tourist season to leave the car park landscape completely building free,” it is added on the blog.
The aim is for two 20ft containers to sit in the position of the current facilities and huts.
The project has been recently dubbed “Kybox” and is being led by visitor services and enterprises manager Layla Astley, who said: “We were looking for a solution that would enable us to move buildings out of the car park each year and relieve the pressure on the landscape. The idea came when I was looking out to sea one day and realised how many cargo ships use the Lizard as an important landmark – it just seemed to fit perfectly.”
Sam Boex said: “The project itself is going to be an exciting, forward thinking challenge due to the environmental sensitivity of the area and the fact the facilities will be portable.
“The key for us is to create facilities that will be iconic to Kynance Cove but sit sensitively within the landscape.”
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