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Hyde Park education centre opens

A £2.2M environmental education facility for city children and the wider community has been launched in Hyde Park.

The Isis Education Centre is an eco-friendly centre located in an area of the park called The LookOut.

It has been funded by a unique collaboration between the Royal Parks Foundation, Halcyon Gallery and The Royal Parks; creating a new model of fundraising where the charity, private and public sector work together to generate income for educational purposes through public art.

The new education centre features nature trails, a dipping pond with underwater endoscopes, a mini-allotment, butterfly bank, lightning tree and mini-beast habitats. It incorporates a rubble roof, natural ventilation and a grey water system, is fully accessible, and will provide education programmes linked to the National Curriculum all year round, including a secondary school programme for the very first time.

The Isis Education Centre was designed by David Morley Architects, constructed by Fairhurst Ward Abbotts, and project managed and developed by a team of consultants from Rider Levett Bucknall, Price & Myers, and Max Fordham. The external area is designed by the Landscape Agency.

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