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When the neighbouring M6 was built, gravel extraction created a series of large ponds. These have now been adopted by birds and other native wildlife. The competition required a visitors centre with viewing areas, plus a focus for other activities such as water sports and cycling. Our proposals responded to the glacial history of the site, whilst working with the contours of the site. A series of ‘glacial shards’ straddled the edge of the ponds, linked by a series of lighweight boardwalks. Materials respected the sites context (by the motorway) and local industry - the shards we’re to be constructed of super insulated concrete.