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Observatory visitor centre to be complete in 2018 

Work is to start soon on a new ultra-modern Roque de Los Muchachos visitor centre on La Palma.

The attraction is set to be a huge attraction for visitors to the island as the world-famous observatory already sees around 100,000 people every year.

Thirteen companies put in bids for the work and the award has been made to Dragados at a cost of 3,280,000 euros.

The deadline for execution of the works is 30 months so it is anticipated that the completion date will be 2018.

The centre will have a surface area of 1,400 square metres, three exhibition areas, a screening room, shop, theatre and other facilities. There will also be a restaurant, car parks, gardens and terraces.

The blueprint for the visitor centre is backed by Garafía council and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.

The archaeological remains found in the area will bring added value.

Roque de Los Muchachos is a particular draw to tourists interested in science and astronomy.