Wiltshire

Stonehenge visitor centre preparation work begins

Stonehenge
Image caption The visitor centre is expected to open in autumn 2013

Preparation work has begun ahead of building a new multi million-pound visitor centre near Stonehenge.

Pre-construction tests are being carried out at the site and work on the centre itself will begin next month.

The tests aim to see if a ground water source can provide sufficient drinking water and energy for a year-round heating/cooling system for the centre.

The centre, about a mile-and-a-half (2.4km) west of the prehistoric stones, is expected to open in autumn 2013.

A Grade-II listed Airman's Cross memorial at nearby Airman's Corner will be re-sited in the grounds of the centre.

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