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Pictures: The £11.2m visitor centre for Hadrian's Wall

The Sill Credit: Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd

Plans to build a £11.2m visitor centre at Hadrian's wall could take another step forward today.

Councillors are meeting to discuss plans for a new facility at Bardon Mill in Northumberland. If approved, building work could start in summer 2015.

The landmark building design, The Sill, is named after the Great Whin Sill bedrock which crosses the landscape of Northumberland National Park.

The Sill promises to "transform how people engage with, experience and learn about landscapes and conservation, and aims to encourage visitors from all backgrounds to discover the inspiring landscapes and heritage of Northumberland National Park and beyond."

View from the south east showing the main visitor entrance Credit: Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd

With 1,700 people inputting their ideas and feedback, the designs have been drawn up in consultation with partners, the public and expert architects.

The building will be shaped to reflect the undulating contours of the Whin Sill landscape, with roof lights echoing Hadrian's Wall glacial lakes.

The latest concepts incorporate the UK's first 'Whin vegetation roof' created from Northumberland's rare Whin Sill grassland and native plants found in Northumberland National Park.

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views Credit: Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd

Plans for visitors centre

Hadrian's wall visitors centre could be underway by next summer Credit: PA

Plans to build a twelve million pound visitor centre at Hadrian's wall could take another step forward today.

The county council are meeting to discuss the plans for the new building at Bardon Mill. If approved, building work could be underway by next summer.

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£11m plans to build a visitor centre at Hadrian's wall

Hadrian's Wall Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Plans to build a £11m visitor centre at Hadrian's wall could take another step forward today.

Councillors are meeting to discuss plans for a new facility at Bardon Mill in Northumberland. If approved, building work could start in summer 2015.

Financial difficulties close Hadrian's Wall Trust

The Hadrian's Wall Trust has officially closed down today, Thursday 31 July Credit: Roger Clegg

The charity that maintains Hadrian's Wall has been officially wound up due to financial difficulties.

The Hadrian's Wall Trust said the "increased pressure" of finding an extra £170,000 of public funding a year meant it was no longer sustainable.

The trust, which employs 10 people will now be maintained by English Heritage and local authorities.

Each mile of the wall costs £2,800 a year to maintain.

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Hadrian's Wall attracts a new kind of fan

Game of Thrones fans are now flocking to Hadrian's Wall Credit: Roger Clegg

Hadrian's Wall is beginning to attract a new type of visitor- fans of the book series and TV show 'Game of Thrones.'

Author George Martin admits a visit to the wall inspired him to start the project, and now a growing number of fans are coming to see why.

FULL REPORT: Comedy walk with serious side

A group of comedians have begun walking Hadrian's Wall to raise money for charity. The group are performing gigs en route to raise cash and awareness of ovarian cancer. One of the comics, Matthew Fong from Doncaster, lost his Mum to the disease two years ago.

Hannah McNulty spoke to them as they set off on their walk from Port Carlisle on the Solway Firth in Cumbria.

Have you heard the one about funny men on Hadrian's Wall?

They began their giggle in Port Carlisle this morning Credit: ITV Border

A group of comedians have begun walking the Hadrian's Wall route to raise money for charity.

Organised by Nick Banks from Hartlepool, the group set off from Port Carlisle on Friday morning.

They're performing free gigs along the way with the audience asked to donate money at the end.

One of the comedians, Matthew Fong, lost his mother to ovarian cancer two years ago, and money is being raised for the charity Ovacome.

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