Prior to construction starting on the new building, volunteers undertook an archaeological dig of the site and continued to fundraise for the Trust.
During the construction and restoration period, the project was subject to the building regulations above ground and mining regulations below ground. We worked alongside geotechnical engineers who stabilised the caves and made them safe for visitors. Once completed, the prohibition notice was lifted from the caves and was the longest serving notice in the country to be lifted.
The new low energy building was constructed over the caves with steel frame and brick facade. The space includes a new staircase entrance down into the caves and offers flexible spaces housing a reception, cafe as well as education and meeting areas. The space will also be able to be used as a Village Hall for the local community and provides a new hub for the area.
The Centre opened to the public in August 2019.