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13 Sep 2017

Close ties celebrated in new Franco-British Centre

The most popular route from Portsmouth International Port will be even more attractive in 2019, with the recent announcement of a £15m visitor attraction in Normandy to celebrate ties between Britain and France.

Speaking at the launch event in the Historic Dockyard, Mayor of Ouistream? Romain Bail reminded people of the close links between France and Britain and said the new centre would be based on 1000 years of common history.  

The Mayor said: “Love and hate, up and down, is no longer a problem. We have to work more strongly together to make sure the relationship between the two countries is strengthened for the future.” 

The centre for Franco-British Relations will tell the dramatic story of Sword Beach, and much more about other shared experiences dating back centuries. The building is being designed by an award winning architect from Paris, with a London based design company creating the attraction inside. Clever use of mirrors and periscopes will project scenes from the beach into the heart of the centre. 

Romain Bail believes the new attraction will be highly symbolic, and will encourage passengers to stay in Ouistreham once they’ve got off the ferry from Portsmouth International Port or perhaps arrive early for their return journey back to the UK. The new centre will open in the same year that Brittany Ferries introduces a brand new ship on the route. Powered by Liquid Natural Gas, the £175million “Honfleur” will be one of the cleanest and greenest passenger vessels in the Channel. It will make three daily crossings between Portsmouth and Caen. 

The attraction will tie in perfectly with the summer campaign of #portsmouthtakesyouthere and the image is an artist’s impression of the centre.