9 October 2013

Community invited to discover The Sill's next key milestone

The Sill project and design team from Northumberland National Park Authority, YHA (England and Wales) and architects', Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall (JDDK), are extending an invitation to members of the community, to join them at the next public event for The Sill project, on Tuesday 15 October (2pm – 7 pm) at YHA Once Brewed, off Military Road.

After months of consultation and refinement of the existing design concepts, members of the public are invited to view the latest designs for Northumberland's new landscape discovery centre, which will now be taken into the planning stages of the process.

The designs, including a stunning animated 3D fly-through, will be showcased in presentations taking place twice during the day: at 3pm and 6pm. Architects' JDDK will talk in detail about the proposed building and site design, and people will also be able to take a look at the exciting plans for the development of the exhibition space. The initial proposals for the exhibition space and interpretative features, will be revealed for the very first time by Bright 3D, the interpretation design team appointed to work on the project.

As the project gathers pace, the team behind The Sill are encouraging members of the public to bring with them their thoughts and ideas on activities they would like to see run from the centre both at Once Brewed and across Northumberland. The project team are currently piloting a wide range of different events and activities, from heritage skills courses to school discovery days, working with local businesses and community groups to take these forward. The team would like to develop the activity programme further working directly with people across the region and further afield; a unique opportunity for the whole community to engage with the project as it gathers pace.  

Stuart Evans, Project Director for The Sill at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: "I hope many members of the community will join us at The Sill's next public consultation; it marks an exciting step forward for the project. Over the past few months, our architects from JDDK have taken the extensive public feedback gathered on board and undergone a detailed process of refinement to produce concepts we are incredibly excited about. This event will offer people the chance to see the designs up close and in more detail, view a fabulous 3D fly-through and take a look at initial proposals for the exhibition space.

"There will also be a great opportunity to contribute toward the development of The Sill's extensive learning and participation programme and we look forward to hearing ideas from members of the public to take this further forward."

The development phase of The Sill project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA are seeking to secure an additional £3.7million in funding for the full project costs and to make their vision for The Sill a reality, the project needs your support. You can support The Sill by volunteering, attending one of the project's consultation events or making a donation towards the target.

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