Kelpies centre will be bigger than planned

The Kelpies have proved a major tourist attraction. Picture: Michael Gillen
The Kelpies have proved a major tourist attraction. Picture: Michael Gillen
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The new visitor centre at the Helix Park is going to be bigger than planned.

A surge in the number of visitors since it opened last March has prompted a re-think by operators Falkirk Community Trust.

Now it has been agreed the building next to the Kelpies, which is under construction now and was due to be completed in June, should be extended to provide an “enhanced” visitor experience to include a larger reception area, retail space and restaurant for 100 people.

The re-think will add £160,000 to the original £1.7 million bill and mean it will not open until the October school holiday week.

Members of Falkirk Council’s Executive were told visitor numbers to the Helix and Kelpies in particular have far exceeded expectations. The ‘footfall’ had been estimated at 350,000 a year, but by the end of last September 680,000 people had spent a day in the park and it is now projected that by the end of next month over 950,000 will have visited.