Situated two miles off the coast of South West Wales, the aim of the Skomer Island Heritage Experience Project was to conserve and enhance the heritage of the island and improve the quality of the visitor experience through the provision of improved interpretation and accommodation facilities.
The project consisted of improvements to the Grade II listed Lockley Lodge and educational and visitor’s facilities on the mainland which enhance the understanding of this special part of Pembrokeshire. The 150-year-old farmhouse complex on the island was renovated to provide visitor, volunteer and staff accommodation.
The re-construction of a 25m x 8m ranger warden’s facility created a visitor management base and includes housing for the warden, the island’s reference library and archives, a laboratory and study rooms.
All materials were shipped by barge and transported up the steep sided cove to the works area. Environmental issues were of paramount importance during construction so as not to disturb the wildlife, which included Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and Seals.
This project was awarded the 2008 RICS Wales Sustainability Award.
Countryside Council for Wales