Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Epping Forest

Client - City of London

Freeland Rees Roberts’ new interpretation centre for Epping Forest has been completed. The new vistors’ centre, The View, has adapted two Victorian coach houses and transformed them into a centre for educational and leisure visits with new display areas, a classroom and other facilities.

A new glazed infill building between the two coach houses invites visitors into the centre and offers views out into the stable yard and Forest beyond, and an oak framed viewing platform enables glimpses back to the Tudor Hunting Lodge.

Queen Elizabeth the first’s Hunting Lodge is on the edge of Epping Forest, an ancient Royal hunting ground was brought under the control of the City of London in the 19th century. The interpretation centre is part of the City of London’s ambitious £6.8m Branching Out project, which has been made possible with a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. The building was opened by the Duke of Gloucester on 12th July 2012, and is now open to the public all year round. In May 2013 it was awarded a ‘gold’ accreditation by the Green Tourism Business Scheme for its environmental design and visitor experience.