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Business as usual as improvements due to start at Winchester Discovery Centre

Friday, 13 June 2014

It will be business as usual as Winchester Discovery Centre gears up for a 16 week programme of improvement works.

The Discovery Centre in Jewry Street will benefit from changes to the internal glazing on the ground floor, specifically in the Children's Library and the adjacent museum City Space, improving the ventilation in these areas. This will make the temperature more comfortable during the summer months allowing customers to spend more time enjoying what the Discovery Centre has to offer.

Roof slates dislodged as a result of the winter storms will be replaced and remedial work for the water damage caused by the loss will be completed.

The work is due to start week beginning Monday 16 June when scaffolding will be erected outside the Discovery Centre. For a short time during the course of the works, there will also be scaffolding inside near the café area.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: "These works will deliver necessary improvements to Winchester Discovery Centre. We have tried to ensure disruption kept to a minimum and that business as usual is able to be maintained for as long as it is safe to do so for the duration of the works.

"Although no closures have been planned it may be necessary to do so for the safety of our customers. We will aim to give as much notice as possible but please keep an eye on our website for more information."

Officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in 2008, the Discovery Centre is now Hampshire's most popular library with over half a million visitors a year. The venue includes two museum spaces, a performance hall, café, computers and free Wi-Fi, and it has become a thriving community hub in the heart of Winchester.

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