RSPB St Aidan's Welcome Building

RSPB England invites the public to respond to the concept design proposals. Share your views on the scheme here.

Name

RSPB St Aidan’s Nature Park: New Welcome Building

Location

Leeds

Client

RSPB England (North)

Description

Here are the early-stage concept designs for a new permanent Welcome Building to replace the temporary Visitor Centre and toilets at St Aidan’s and we’d love to hear your views to help us shape these designs.

Why is a new Welcome Building needed?


  • Together with Leeds City Council (who own the site), we have our long-stated aim to provide something more fitting for a place of this importance. The existing Visitor Centre and toilets were only ever intended to be temporary. We need something more durable for the future.

  • We need suitable facilities for our team of over 100 employees and volunteers, and a building that is accessible for everyone, whatever their needs.

  • We want an indoor space where people can enjoy St Aidan’s, whatever the weather. We need a space for events and exhibitions to engage visitors and local people with nature and share how amazing the place is.

  • We want you to have a better café! That, together with an RSPB shop, will also help us generate some income so we can maintain standards and keep reinvesting at St Aidan’s. We intend to complement a new Welcome Building with improvements elsewhere on the site to give everyone a great experience.

  • We hope to build in 2025-26, and open by 2027-28. There will not be an entrance charge to the new welcome building. We are in the early stages of starting to plan some path improvements and some simple shelters and viewpoints to enhance your visit and views of the wildlife. The RSPB is currently applying for grants, plus we will use the St Aidan’s Trust Fund and RSPB core funds.


  • What happens next?


    Please fill in a online feedback form with your thoughts here.

  • We will use your feedback to help guide the detailed design, which will then be submitted for planning in 2023. External factors may influence the final design such as cost, planning requirements and technical considerations.

  • If you have further questions about the concept designs, please email staidans@rspb.org.uk and we will do our best to answer them.