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Croome Park Visitors Centre

RAF Buildings
Defford, Worcestershire
National Trust West Midlands Region

Croome Park is internationally famous as the first major landscape project completed by Capability Brown.

The Trust acquired the adjacent land with intentions of constructing a new visitorís centre.  This site contained existing structures that formed the hospital to the neighbouring Defford air base, built in 1942.  Although not integral to the park itself, they still played a part in its social history and even in their dilapidated state, they still retained a great deal of their original character.

In order to reinforce the original character where possible, existing materials were retained or overhauled. Where necessary, new items were installed with authentic detailing or profiles using historical and first hand evidence. This included being externally insulated and re-rendered as sympathetically as possible.

The first phase of work has provided a reception area, toilets, exhibition space and a large canteen whilst maintaining protection for a roost of resident Lesser Horseshoe bats.


Croome Park Visitors Centre Picture Gallery

The old RAF hospital as we first saw it

Original and resurrected together

Back to its former state


The new canteen

Modern and convenient services for the visitor

Sunny and comfortable once more

A new life, but looking just as it used to

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