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:
Peak Resort 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.
Current Phase One of Peak Resort:
4* Destination Hotel
5* Clubhouse Lodge
Student & Leisure Hostel
Peak Gateway Dome & Transport Hub
Indoor & Outdoor Activity & Adventure Centre
Outdoor Events Spaces & Amphitheatre
World Class Off Road Cycle School, Trails & Features
Car & Coach Parking
Work commenced in 2017 on infrastructure including estate fencing, public rights of way and a new roundabout linking the Resort directly to the A61.