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£11.2m visitor centre for Hadrian's Wall: A virtual tour

After months of extensive public consultation and refinement, The Sill project have produced the final design concepts for Northumberland's new Landscape Discovery Centre, an £11.2m visitor centre which could be built near Hadrian's Wall.

Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd were selected earlier this year by Northumberland National Park and the Youth Hostels Association to explore concepts for the new multi-million pound landmark building, which would replace the existing facilities at Once Brewed near Steel Rigg on Hadrian's Wall.

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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

£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.

Bridge to create 'multi-user trail' at Hamsterley Forest

A new bridge will be officially opened today in Hamsterley Forest in County Durham.

It means there will now be a circular trail going through the forest for pedestrians and cyclists.

The new iconic bridge is thanks to an investment of nearly a third of a million pounds.

The bridge, which crosses the Bedburn beck, aims to create "a circular multi-user trail for all visitors."

Over 200,000 people visit Hamsterley Forest every year.

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Extreme weather affecting birds in Northumberland

Extreme weather has severely affected breeding seabirds on the Northumberland coastline.

Atlantic puffins are threatened by extreme weather on the Northumberland coastline Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA

According to the National Trust, Atlantic puffins are particularly threatened on the Farne Islands. Flooding of their burrows during the summer meant that one of the islands failed to produce any chicks.

Sheep stolen from County Durham farm

More than one hundred sheep have been stolen from a popular farm attraction in County Durham.

Police said 136 Suffolk cross lambs were taken from Broom House Farm, near Witton Gilbert during the early hours of August 7. The lambs were worth over £9,000.

There were 275 sheep in the field at the time of the incident and farmers realised some were missing shortly before they were due to be taken away later that day. The lambs were being prepared for sale.

Broom House Farm is a working farm and a renowned visitor attraction.