31 July 2013

Exhibition designers appointed to work on The Sill

Experts in interpretation design have been successfully appointed to work on the interpretation and displays for the exhibition space at a planned new Landscape Discovery Centre in Northumberland.

Edinburgh based, Bright 3D, won the contract to supply interpretation design services, for the flagship centre, which will be developed at the current Once Brewed site in Northumberland National Park. They will work alongside DBA Consulting, experts in the cultural, heritage and community sectors, who will look after the research, planning and advice element of the project.

During a competitive tender process, The Sill team sought an interpretation design team with the experience, capacity and imagination to deliver an innovative interpretation design solution, which is worthy of the aims of the iconic Sill building. As a Landscape Discovery Centre, a strong interactive visitor experience incorporating the natural landscape within the interior and exterior displays, is an essential part of the requirement. With a wealth of experience working on projects of a similar nature, including North York Moors Visitor Centre, Brockholes Nature Reserve, and Forestry Commission Scotland's Forest Parks, Bright 3D and DBA Consulting are ideally placed to take this project forward.

The Sill Discovery Centre will become a hub which will showcase all that the Park has to offer, from unique local businesses to a wealth of learning and outdoor adventure experiences. The interpretation team will play a key role in bringing this to life and as plans for a green roof and experience 'levels' now emerge from the architects' design proposals, they will seek to explore these themes further.

The team, which will be headed up by Bright 3D creative director, Ewan McCarthy, is now looking to develop 3D design elements and visuals before a Round 2 Bid for funding The Sill is made to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), later this year.

Ewan said: "At Bright 3D, we are passionate about creating inspirational visitor experiences and we are thrilled to have been appointed to carry out the interpretation design for The Sill project. Our work consists of a number of stages during which information is gathered, members of the public consulted and designs created to bring to life the proposed visitor experience. Every project we work on is totally unique and we will use our wide ranging experience to create a bespoke solution for The Sill.

"Through a broad palette of interpretive techniques, including 3D modelling, graphic design and interactive media, we relish the opportunity to provide a once in a generation visitor experience which brings to life the vision of the project team.

"Alongside our colleagues at DBA Consulting, we are now looking forward to getting started on such an exciting project. Intrinsic to the project is the landscape of Northumberland National Park and we want to create a visitor experience that encompasses every aspect of the Park, with the adventure beginning before visitors even reach the centre."

The idea behind the interpretation is that it will also act as a valuable tool for the award-winning members of staff at the current National Park Centre to work with.

Stuart Evans, Sill Project Director from Northumberland National Park Authority, said: "The team at Bright 3D and DBA Consulting bring a very strong track record in ensuing visitor centres and attractions inspire people to go out and experience the wider countryside. Encouraging such visits is critical for the success of the project as Northumberland National Park offers far more beyond the rich heritage of the Hadrian's Wall area. We want people to explore all areas of the National Park including the Simonside Hills near Rothbury, the Cheviots near Wooler and the North Tyne and Redesdale valleys near Bellingham."

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