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Al Qurum Turtle Sanctuary bridge March 15, 2018

Refurbishment of an existing vehicle access bridge is nearing completion allowing for the next phase of the Al Qurum Visitor Centre to commence.


Hopkins Architects' have recently submitted Scheme Design (Stage 3) for a new Turtle Sanctuary Visitor Centre for the Ruler of Sharjah. The project is sited in the wetlands of Al Qurum, a protected costal area of 5km2 which supports a mangrove tree forest and a diverse range of plants & animals. The proposal includes a remote Arrival Area, Visitor Centre with veterinary facilities, Pedestrian Suspension Bridge & Mangrove Nature Trail with bird hides. The Visitor Centre employs the same pre-fabricated, low-impact construction of pod-like structures developed for the associated Jebel Buhais Geological Museum. Hopkins Architects' are working with Panaque to integrate aquatic & terrestrial exhibit design and supporting wildlife treatment facilities. The Pedestrian Suspension Bridge, a 90m span carrying visitors to the Mangrove Trail, is being developed with UK based structural engineer Webb Yates.