Laggan Wolftrax Forest Centre
The Laggan Wolftrax Forest Centre was opened in April 2015 with the support of the Cairngorm National Park Authority (CNPA) and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) to provide permanent facilities for the established mountain biking trails. The Centre is owned and built on LFT land bought from FCS in 2007. The facility comprises public toilets and showers, a café, a bike shop and the LFT office.
The Centre operates as a Social Enterprise run by The Laggan Forest Trust Forestry Company, LFT’s trading arm and only shareholder. It provides employment for the local community through the Laggan Wolftrax Cafe and other small forestry operations.
It is an ongoing challenge to make the centre sustainable and we are always dependent on your support when you use the café.
Laggan Wolftrax Forest Centre outdoors area improvements
The proposal is to provide a safe covered facility around the external perimeter of the existing Laggan Wolftrax Forest Centre. The project will allow Laggan Forest Trust to provide a vastly improved visitor experience by showing interpretation panels to highlight local history and archaeology, forest paths and mountain bike trails. The external improvements will also allow the overall management of the centre to comply with present social distancing regulations for visitor management.
Partial funding for the project will be coming from Highland and Islands Enterprise with one of their preferences being to commission as much of the work as possible locally to the Badenoch and Strathspey area. Time was also critical in that the funds provided by HIE require to be used by mid March 2021. As a result, the Trust commissioned Spey Building and Joinery from Kingussie to undertake a design and build project.
The objectives for the project are:
- Enhance the overall visitor experience in and around the Forest and Trail centre.
- Create improved Interpretation Panels and display area for visitors.
- Adapt the centre to allow it to operate in any future pandemic scenario where social distancing can be readily accommodated.
Desired outcomes are:
- Provide an appropriate safe and protected outdoor space for centre users and visitors.
- Create an outdoor visitor information area (at the side of building).
- Enable social distancing to be implemented efficiently by users of the centre and visitors, when necessary.
- Create a safer environment for employees and their interactions with visitors and users of the centre.
- Enable visitors to the area to “linger longer”.
You can see some concept design visualisations of the project in the gallery below: