Peak Resort - Image Stanton Williams

Major Leisure Resort and Visitor Attraction for Chesterfield and the Peak District

Peak Resort is an integrated leisure, health, sport and education resort on the 300 acre Birchall Estate, Unstone. It will be a major visitor attraction to the north west of Chesterfield on the boundary of the 500 square mile Peak District National Park and will become one of the UK’s flagship tourist attractions

The all year tourism destination will be open to day and staying visitors, offering all-weather activities, events and a digital retail experience.

Following the announcement of the partnership with US based Grand Heritage Hotels by the Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama in January 2015, progress has continued.

As of Dec 2017, work is already well underway on the enabling infrastructure; a new signalled roundabout providing vehicular access to the site, site security and new public footpaths and bridleways, with connections to cycling, walking and horse riding routes in to the national park, Chesterfield and Sheffield.

These works are due to be completed by March 2018, with construction of the £81 million first phase to commence immediately thereafter. Phase 1 will comprise an 150 bed five-star hotel, a university campus specialising in leisure, tourism and hospitality and a gateway building to meet the demands of day and staying visitors.

Future phases will comprise 250 woodland lodges, healthcare facilities, climate controlled spaces for water and adventure sports and mountain bike trails.

£2.8 million of funding from Sheffield City Region’s Infrastructure Fund has been awarded to build the consented A61 development access, the new public footpaths and bridleway network around the site and the site security.  The funding will facilitate the connection of the property to the bicycle and footpath networks into the National Park, the town, the city and the countryside in between.

The Resort will be built in three phases and is forecast to create 1,300 FTE new jobs.

Peak Resort is a joint venture partnership between a UK development company and US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group.

The site, which was reclaimed from open cast mining in the 1990’s , includes a golf course and areas of woodland and open countryside, and will be at the leading edge of eco-technology.  Once completed the the first phase of the project will create:

  • The Gateway Dome and event space
  • Four types/price bands of overnight accommodation from the sports hostel to the five-star clubhouse hotel.
  • University campus affording national and international students the chance to apply their course work into real life learning and earning opportunities -the university will focus on hospitality, sport and wellness
  • Medical/clinical spa focused on mobility and rehabilitation, wellness and beauty.
  • 300 acres of park and woodland incorporating wildlife and activity trials with the spectacular treetop walkway which offers far reaching views of the Peak District National Park and surrounding countryside.
  • Other facilities will be determined as the scheme progresses.

The development is intended to occur in a number of phases.

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Images: The Peak Resort Masterplan by Stanton Williams (Retina Images)

The Peak Resort Masterplan by Stanton Williams (Retina Images)

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