PEAK RESORT: Building work on £400million Derbyshire tourist attraction to start in the autumn

An artist's impression of the development.
An artist's impression of the development.
  • Major project promises to become one of UK’s flagship tourist attractions
  • World-class leisure facilities and 600 holiday apartments will be on offer
  • 1,300 jobs to be created when development opens
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Building work to transform a sprawling site into a £400million tourism development will begin in the autumn, developers say.

Peak Resort in Unstone promises to create more than 1,300 full-time jobs when it opens – and become one of the UK’s flagship tourist attractions.

We are on track with the project and building in terms of bricks and mortar will be in the autumn

Spokesman for the developers

The ambitious project is being led by UK development company Birchall Properties Ltd and US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group.

Work to clear the ground for the project started last year.

Andrew Best, a spokesman for the developers, said: “We are on track with the project and building in terms of bricks and mortar will be in the autumn.”

Peak Resort will be built in three phases and is expected to open to guests from summer 2018.

The development promises an all-weather, year-round leisure, health, sport and education resort on the 300-acre Birchall Estate, situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

In 2008, Birchall Properties Ltd obtained planning permission for the first phase of building for a major scheme at the site, which was reclaimed from opencast mining in the 1990s.

The plans for Peak Resort were exclusively revealed by the Derbyshire Times last year.

What will the Peak Resort offer?

• ‘Unique dome structures’ providing water sports and adventure and other leisure facilities

• World-class golf facilities consisting of an 18-hole championship course, a practice course and a driving range

• A medical spa

• 250 woodland lodges and hobbit homes, 600 holiday apartments, a hotel and hostel units

• 300 acres of park and woodland incorporating walking and cycling trails