An Adam Khan-designed new floating visitors centre opened last weekend at the 250 acre Brockholes Nature Reserve near Preston.

It is the first building of its kind in the UK, the design process of which was featured in Building in August 2010. Balfour Beatty built the 5,700 tonne concrete pontoon complete with two drawbridges using a plastic “egg crate” structure that allowed water to creep underneath as it was floated. The pontoon carries the centre’s restaurant, shops, education room, conference facilities and an exhibition space.