Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received a confirmed grant of £417,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Dynamic Druridge’ project.
Hauxley building design © Brightblue Studio
The Druridge Bay coastline, which stretches seven miles from Amble in the north to Lynemouth Bay in the south, is treasured for its beautiful beaches and rolling sand dunes.
Behind the sweep of beach lies a wonderful legacy of Northumberland’s industrial past. Some sections of the hinterland have already been restored as wetland nature reserves while other landscapes have changed little since Anglo-Saxon times. The whole area is renowned for its birdlife and is home to other species such as otters, red squirrels and great crested newts.
A large part of the Dynamic Druridge project will be the building of a new and innovative Wildlife Discovery Centre at the Trust’s Hauxley reserve on Druridge Bay. Built from the landscape and within the landscape, the Centre will be an eco-build with the potential to be the greenest building in the north-east, using locally grown and traditional building materials; it will enable the wildlife charity to host an exciting programme of recreational, educational and volunteering activities designed to re-connect people with nature and the wider landscape.
Designed by North Shields based architects Brightblue Studio, the new building will be a unique coastal wildlife-watching hub for the North East and will replace the building destroyed in an arson attack in 2010. It is scheduled to open in summer 2016.
In addition to the new centre, the project will restore, recreate and reconnect habitats across the Trust’s five nature reserves along the Bay – Hauxley, Cressell Pond and Foreshore, Druridge Pools, East Chevington and Linton Lane as well as engaging local communities, groups and visitors in activities and events designed to reconnect them with the natural world.
Follow the build’s progress at www.facebook.com/HauxleyNatureReserve