PEAK: Gateway, Resort, Campus

PEAK: Gateway, Resort, Campus


PEAK: Gateway, Resort, Campus



PEAK is an all year leisure, education, wellness and entertainment destination set in 300 acres of reclaimed parkland on the edge of the Peak District National Park and Chesterfield.

PEAK is to be marketed as a gateway, resort and campus attracting international and city based visitors to the area as well as being available to local and regional residents.

PEAK is a phased development, with Phase 1 costing in the region of £100m and representing approximately one third of the total planning permission.

Phase 1 Regional Attractions include:

  • Indoor Adventure Activity Centre
  • Outdoor Water Courses and Lake
  • Gateway Building and Travel Hub
  • Covered Events Space & Amphitheatre
  • 15km ON site Multi Discipline Cycling Trails connected to 1,000 of miles OFF site trails.
  • Car and Coach Parking

Phase 1A is to be a new indoor venture (see below). This will establish the PEAK destination as a major regional attraction.  A Reserved Matters Planning Application submitted  to Chesterfield Borough Council was approved on the 14th October 2019.  This development of this started on site in Spring 2020.  The site has since been cleared and secured and the 3 pre-commencement Planning Conditions (Ecology, Ground Conditions, Noise) were discharged in Summer 2020.

Peak Resort David Loyd Leisure Site Cleared

The indoor activity centre, known as The Summit @PEAK will include a helta skelter, zip lines, climbing walls, caving, ninja course, trampolining, rope courses, fun walls, adventure golf and electric g-karts.

Summit @Peak has recently achieved discharge of relevant planning conditions and is due to restart this October opening  in the 4th quarter of 2022.

Peak - Outdoor Venue

Birchall Estates has outline planning permission for up to 2000 hotel rooms and 250 chalets. The overnight and short stay accommodation will be delivered in phases and in a range of formats from 5 star hilltop hotel with lodges, to village centre hotels with hostel accommodation.  The aim is to deliver the quality and scope of accommodation and hospitality more familiar with an international ski resort.

Phase 1 of the Overnight Accommodation includes:

  • Destination Hotel
  • Leisure and Student Hostel

Peak Resort Site Plan

£2.85 million of funding from Sheffield City Region’s Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF) was awarded to the development in 2016. Work commenced in 2017 constructing the consented A61 access, the new public footpaths and bridleway network around the site and the estate fencing. The new public rights of way were adopted by Derbyshire County Council in October 2017 and are now being regularly enjoyed by members of the public.  The A61 access was completed at the beginning of 2019. All SCRIF funded works at PEAK have been completed and delivered on time and within budget.

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

Gateway at PEAK

Specialist developer Milligan has formed a unique joint venture with landowner Birchall Properties. Working together with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Peak District National Park Authority and the University of Derby they plan to develop the UK’s first fully serviced national park gateway, consented on the eastern boundary of the Peak District.

Over the Summer 2020 , the partnership will be undertaking a major marketing and research phase discussing the opportunity with companies both large and small, local and national that might be interested in participating. They will be looking to create partnerships with brands that align with the Gateway at PEAK’s values and vision, to integrate products, experiences and expertise into the delivery of a world-class visitor experience.

Once this phase is completed in September 2020, a detailed building specification will be finalised and the development is scheduled for completion in 2023.

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The Gateway at Peak

Health and Wellness Park at PEAK

Reserved Matters Planning approval was granted ,subject to a 106 Agreement, by Chesterfield Borough Council 14th September 2021.

The Park consists of four core components; multi-purpose international standard health and wellness clinic, world class hotel, specialist lodging and therapeutic gardens.  The capital investment is in the order of £40m.

The Park will operate in the international and national health and wellness tourism market. It will specialise in all areas of rehabilitation as well as provide a wide range of facilities for individual health and wellness programmes.    Whilst this scale of facility is available in other countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Germany, the Park will be the first such facility in the UK.

The project is due to be completed in 2023

Health and Wellbeing Park at PEAK

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University students wow the Gateway at PEAK development team with architectural designs

Students at the University of Derby have unveiled their architectural visions for the UK’s first fully-serviced national park gateway based in Chesterfield. 

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Gateway at Peak Resort

Joint venture formed to develop the Gateway at PEAK Resort

The Gateway at PEAK will be part of the 300-acre PEAK Resort development, where works for the all-weather, all-year, all-ages Adrenalin World are already underway, planning for opening in Spring 2021.

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Brand Ambassador announced for the Summit @PEAK

A huge indoor activity centre soon coming to Chesterfield has been rebranded as Summit @PEAK - and has appointed world-renowned adventurer, Robert Swan as brand ambassador.

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