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JDDK reveals £11.2m Northumberland discovery centre

Newcastle-based Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Architects has unveiled its ‘final designs’ for the proposed new Sill Landscape Discovery Centre in Northumberland

The £10.5 million visitor centre and youth hostel next to Hadrian’s Hall near Steel Rigg will replace existing 1960s facilities.

Backed by the Northumberland National Park Authority and the Youth Hostel Association of England and Wales, the scheme features a ‘whin sill’ designed roof to reflect the area’s natural habitat.

Alison Thornton-Sykes, principal architect at JDDK said: ‘The Sill will characterise the distinctiveness of Northumberland National Park by reflecting the landscape of Northumberland National Park – our brief has always been to design a building “inspired by the landscape and of the landscape” – this is something we’ve worked hard to achieve with input from Glen Kemp Landscape Architects and Cundall as Planning Consultants and feel that the balance has been carefully struck.

She continued: ‘Iconic projects like The Sill don’t come around very often and we are so excited to be a part of this process; revealing the final designs after so many months of hard work and an extensive consultation is a very special moment for the team at JDDK.’

The practice ws selected following a two-stage European Journal selection process. The contest attracted nearly 80 submissions, with seven firms making it through to a second stage which incorporated a design competition.

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