Spring Refurbishment at Low Barns

Spring Refurbishment at Low Barns

The project works in the car park at Low Barns begin on Weds 14th March. Please be aware that for the duration of the works there will be limited car parking spaces. The site will be opens but there will be works being carried out. A full overview on the works can be found in the Low Barns Visitor Centre

Keep checking in on the website and social media channels for updates.

Thanks to funding from North Pennine Dales LEADER and the Weardale Area Action Partnership (AAP) the Low Barns Visitor Centre will be undergoing a major refurbishment this spring.

Zoe Hull, The Trust’s Head of Operations and Development said, ‘’Low Barns is a magical place, but the Centre was beginning to look a little tired so this investment from LEADER and the AAP is great news for the Trust and visitors to Low Barns .’’

The car park will be redesigned so that vehicles will no longer drive around the building, but the number of parking spaces will remain the same. This will make the site safer for pedestrians and allow the creation of a larger outdoor seating area with views across Marston Lake. The metal staircase up to the observation tower will be replaced and signage around the centre will be upgraded

Larger glass doors will be fitted to open up the indoor space and connect it to the new outdoor seating area. The shop and serving area will be refitted and improved and a separate preparation area created. The existing offices will be converted into a new meeting and exhibition space to allow Low Barns to host a wider range of events and activities and provide a greater resource for the local community.

Preparation works to allow the project to go ahead will start in early March with the main refurbishment currently anticipated to begin in April and end in July. There will be a dedicated page on the Trust website with information on the project and how it is progressing.

Trust Director, Jim Cokill said, ‘’This is an important project for the Trust and one that we hope members and volunteers will play a part in. Volunteers will be delivering some of the access and signage improvements that LEADER and the AAP are supporting. There’s other work on interpretation and engaging local people in nature conservation that we want to deliver and we’ll be launching a fundraising campaign for that very soon.’’

On Saturday 16th March at 11:00 am a public presentation about the improvements will take place at Low Barns, all are welcome please email Emily at eroutledge@durhamwt.co.uk for more details.

If you have any queries about the improvements generally please contact mail@durhamwt.co.uk or call 0191 584 3112.

I have managed to take some pictures of the plans, please see below

 

To get a larger view of the photographs, click on one photograph and scroll down then click on “View full size” located at the bottom right hand corner. This will open the picture in a new window and you can then zoom in.

 

 

 

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