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VISITORS CENTRE (article first published : 2001-04-1)

The long awaited Visitors Complex at Durban Botanic Gardens was recently opened officially by Durban’s Metro Mayor, Cllr Obed Mlaba.

“The idea of building a Visitor Complex first came about in 1995, when we were looking at facilities that would attract more people to the Gardens and simultaneously generate income for the venue,” said curator Chris Dalziel.

Funds were raised for the Botanic Gardens Trust to purchase additional land from the adjacent sports association and bowling club.

With the generous support of the NBS Centenary Foundation, an NBS Education Centre forms the cornerstone of the new Visitor Complex. The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust in the USA, Durban Metro Council, World Association of Flower Arrangers and Friends of the Durban Botanic Gardens were major contributors to the fundraising campaign.

Access to the Visitors Complex is from Sydenham Road, which will ultimately be one of the main entrances to Durban Botanic Gardens. This leads to ample parking, an administration block, a gift shop, the function rooms and a restaurant, which will be symmetrical with the Education Complex and is still in the planning stages. The Education Complex is a large, fully equipped hall that is set up to cater for school tours, conferences and functions, with a kitchen facility attached.

The Gardens remained unaffected by the construction, which took place during the latter half of last year.

Architect Derek Sherlock of Myles, Pugh, Sherlock & Murray has created the structure in a Victorian theme with pitched green roofs and Natal verandahs. The entrance is related to the location of the original entrance to the Gardens that was established in 1851.

“We used the axis of the pathway from the centre of the nearby Gazebo, where all paths into the Gardens radiate from, to lead through the low scalloped wall that surrounds the Visitors Complex into the Gardens,” said Sherlock.

“We designed the Education Complex on a domestic, human scale so that it would be more than a chunk of space. Cleverly engineered timber roof trusses secured with tensioned steel ropes are a strong visible feature in the design.”

More details from Debbie Hathway on (031) 208 2311 or 083 456-5396.




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