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Peak Resort: Gateway to the Great Outdoors

Peak Resort is an integrated leisure, health, sport and education destination on the edge of the Peak District National Park; set on the 300 acre Birchall Estate in Chesterfield.

The site is to be marketed as the “Gateway to the Great Outdoors” attracting international and city based visitors to the area.

Peak Resort is a phased development, with the First Phase costing in the region of £100m and representing approximately one third of the total consented scheme.

The Birchall Estate has planning approvals for up to 2000 hotel rooms and 250 chalets. The hotels will be delivered in phases and in a range of formats from 5 star to hostel accommodation.  The aim is to deliver the quality and scope of accommodation and hospitality similar to that of a ski resort, sitting at the heart of the country alongside the Peak District National Park.

Current Phase One includes:

• 4* Destination Hotel
• 5* Clubhouse Lodge
• Student & Leisure Hostel
• Peak Gateway Dome & Transport Hub
• Educational Campus
• Indoor & Outdoor Activity & Adventure Centre
• Outdoor Events Spaces & Amphitheatre
• World Class Off Road Cycle School, Trails & Features
• Car & Coach Parking

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.

£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.  All SCRIF funded works at Peak Resort have been completed and delivered on time and within budget.

The Resort will be built in three phases and is forecast to create 1,300 FTE new jobs. Phase One will open winter 2020.



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