The innovative £16m project in Wooler, Northumberland will open to the public on 25 March 2023. The regeneration project sits four miles from Yeavering where a 1950s discovery unveiled one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites. The statement buildings have been designed by renowned Northumberland architect, Richard Elphick, echoing the great hall aesthetics of 7th-century Northumbrian Kings, whilst combining the latest design practices, technologies and sustainability.
The exhibition spaces and interpretative design were produced by the internationally acclaimed agency, Studio MB. A team of northeast built environment firms including Brims, JCP, Redfox and Todd Milburn, in collaboration with a group of highly skilled craftsmen, have expertly brought the world-class designs to life to deliver the breathtaking vision of co-founders Alan and Eileen Ferguson.
Colin Anderson, Director at Todd Milburn said, “The quality of workmanship and dedication of the local team has been unbelievable. From day one, the client and project team have been on a collaborative mission, to develop the design and quality of the space to enhance the whole visitor experience, removing and adding features along the journey as the project evolved. The finished product is a testimony to the client’s vision and the whole team’s skills.”
Richard Wood, Director at Brims said, “The level of detail involved in the project is second to none. The timberwork and detailing throughout are superb. The entrance area and atrium showcase some of the best skills and workmanship that the North East has to offer. We are proud to be part of this legacy project for Wooler and the surrounding area”.
Ad Gefrin will generate up to 50 full-time jobs, bringing employment to local people and new skilled workers to the area. The project has been funded privately by the Ferguson family with public funding contributed for the capital construction from Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal (£4m); NE LEP SEIF (£1m); and Northumberland County Council (£600k).