Attraction’s new visitor centre is taking shape

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A new visitor centre for a Northumberland tourist attraction is taking shape.

Northumberlandia’s new visitor centre, which will include a café and visitor amenities has largely been constructed off site by Newcastle firm, Clearspace Buildings.

Various pieces of the visitor centre jigsaw have now been transported and fixed into place.

Alan Carter, head of portfolio management at the Land Trust, the national charity managing Northumberlandia, said: “The visitor centre is quickly starting to take shape which, as well as being good news for the thousands of visitors that already enjoy the park, will also enable us to attract even more people to the area.”

Funding for the centre has come from the Banks Community Fund and Defra’s Regional Economy Grant, totalling £242,000 to construct the centre.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, said: “The Lady of the North and the number of visitors to the park are already meeting our initial expectations and I hope these new facilities will attract even more visitors to the region.”

The visitor centre will be located in the woodland area and act as the gateway to Northumberlandia, providing visitors with key information about the landform and the local area. The centre will comprise of a café, shop and toilets and will be managed by Azure Charitable Enterprises.

It will also be available for a range of community activities and educational courses.