Mixed-use developer Milligan has appointed further specialist partners to collaborate around the Gateway at PEAK, the UK’s first national park gateway, consented around the eastern boundary of the Peak District.
Architects Stanton Williams, technology specialists RDS Global, operations consultant DN Consultancy and landscape architects Gillespies, have been appointed by the Milligan development team.
In July 2021, Milligan formed a working group of local stakeholders on the development of Gateway at Peak, a part of PEAK Resort. Since then, the vision for a sustainable hub, welcoming people to the Peaks, providing food and accommodation, retail opportunities and environmentally friendly options for onward travel into the park, has been taking shape. The most recent partner appointments are a key milestone in the progress of the development.
Milligan has a long history of collaboration with Stanton Williams, an award-winning practice well positioned to realise the sustainable and Net Zero Carbon objectives from the Gateway thanks to experience on similar projects and its own Carbon Neutral Zero Plus accreditation.
RDS Global works alongside the Milligan team to organize and manage the project’s IT platform, deploying its new technology – BlackBox.
David Norris of DN Consultancy will orchestrate the management and operational strategies and prescribe environmentally friendly, social and governance factors over the Gateway at PEAK.
Also appointed towards the team, is award-winning landscape architecture practice, Gillespies who have been leading landscape and public realm design for more than 50 years. Gillespies will work with Milligan to deliver transformative planning and design, unlocking the potential for the Gateway at PEAK, to create an inspirational space having a clear-cut purpose, to make people’s lives better.
Melanie Taylor, director of leasing and commerce at Milligan said: “Our work on the Gateway at PEAK has reached a new phase. Landowner Birchall Properties and the regional stakeholders have entrusted us to locate and manage specialist partners who are going to bring expertise and value to this unique project. The Gateway is going to be an exciting destination for all types of visitors, each searching for something different from their visit to the Peaks.
“We’re confident that having Stanton Williams, RDS Global, David Norris and Gillespies around the table, we’ll be pushing boundaries and delivering ground-breaking and creative ideas that surprise and delight those visitors. The project will also support the local community through jobs and collaboration and preserve natural beauty of the park with considerate construction, rewilding and education.”
The Gateway at PEAK is part of the 300-acre PEAK Resort, in which the development of an all-weather, all-year, all-ages Summit at PEAK, has already been underway, with an opening planned in Autumn 2021. PEAK Resort also offers planning permission for up to 2,000 hotel rooms and 250 lodges as well as a selection of leisure, education and entertainment facilities, attracting investment and creating employment opportunities.