The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre
The Sill is the UK’s first National Landscape Discovery Centre and the result of an innovative partnership between Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales). This £14.8m state-of-the-art visitor centre has been made possible by a £7.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Located in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site and within Northumberland National Park the building sits sympathetically in the landscape and is at the forefront of sustainable design.
The Sill: National Discovery Centre features fixed and temporary exhibitions focusing on landscape, culture and heritage, several learning and event spaces, a 90 seater café showcasing local produce, a world-class Youth Hostel, a rural business hub to house and support new and emerging rural enterprises, a shop with local produce, arts and crafts, a tourist information service and a fully accessible Whin Sill grassland roof, planted to replicate the unique natural grassland of the surrounding area.
At £14.8m, The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre is the most ambitious project undertaken by any UK National Park Authority.
Appointed by Northumberland National Park Authority we worked with the project team to develop the Visitor Café Concept and Business Potential. Advice and support to date has included:
Review & Development of Visitor Café Concept & Demand Potential
- Client objectives & site dynamics determined
- Local, national research & competition review
- Demand & financial models developed
- Seating model developed
- Concept appraisal & development
- Management options
Images and videos from www.thesill.org.uk