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Work starts on UK’s first National Landscape Discovery Centre

Work starts on UK’s first National Landscape Discovery Centre

Photo courtesy of Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall

The largest ever UK national park construction project has got underway in Northumberland.

The £14.8m Sill project will become the UK’s first dedicated Landscape Discovery Centre. It will form a hub of extensive learning, participation and research activities for landscape, conservation, countryside management, and leisure and tourism skills.

The Sill, which will also offer hostel accommodation, retail facilities and a café, is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors each year. Due to be fully operational from summer 2017, it is predicted to deliver substantial economic benefits to the region with around £5m of additional visitor spending every year. A Rural Growth Hub will support the development of rural enterprises, and offer a wide range of volunteering activities to strengthen local communities through increased participation opportunities.

Sir Robert McAlpine will work alongside the core design team - including architects Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall; planners Cundall; landscape architects Glen Kemp; interpretation designers, Bright 3D; Structural and Civil Engineers, Patrick Parsons Limited; and project managers, Gardiner and Theobold.

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