Kielder Visitor Centre

Location Kielder, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Services Sustainable design, planning and transportation
Sector Lifestyle 
Client Calvert Trust
Architect JDDK
Imagery © Inside Story/Neil Denham

Ian Cansfield

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Calvert Trust Kielder provides a range of outdoor activities, especially for disabled people. Cundall was appointed via Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Architects to assist in securing planning.

The plans include further visitor accommodation  and a visitor hub with state-of-the-art climbing wall, caving system, bouldering wall, café and offices, sports hall, a woodchip biomass district heating system and landscaping; outdoor activities, including a high ropes walk way and the necessary infrastructure works.

The development will benefit people with a wide range and degree of disability, with many of the facilities open to visitors to the park. It will also attract families with a disabled parent or child along with their able-bodied friends; charitable organisations working with disabled people; adults with care needs seeking a break on their own; special needs schools and mainstream schools, many of whom have disabled pupils.

Key challenges included justifying development within an area of flood risk and working with the architect to create a design that was in keeping with such a sensitive environment.

The first new unit of visitor accommodation is now complete and work on the remainder of the site will progress as funding is raised.

Cundall worked closely with the client and JDDK Architects to secure planning permission from Northumberland County Council for the £10 million development of Calvert Trust Kielder visitor centre in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland.


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