Birchall Properties, Chesterfield Borough Council, The Peak District National Park, University of Derby


National Park Gateway; Retail; F&B; Hotel; Zero Carbon Travel Hub; Education & Learning

Milligan has formed a joint venture with landowner Birchall Properties to develop the UK’s first National Park Gateway.

The Gateway at PEAK is set to become an exemplar for sustainable tourism.

  • The Gateway will comprise of a zero carbon travel hub enabling carless access to the Peak District National Park, a 165-room resort hotel, a variety of F&B outlets and spaces for experiential retail facilitating all types of outdoor pursuits and wellbeing activities.
  • The Gateway will deliver 1,000 new FTE jobs and key strategic partnerships and heads of terms are being reached with several parties which will secure the Gateway’s proposition as a travel hub, in education and skills, experiential retail, leisure, hospitality and accommodation.

One of the key aims of the Gateway at PEAK is to manage visitors and access to the Park safely and in an environmentally friendly way, offering a zero carbon travel hub where visitors can book a day pass to park their car and travel into the park via EV or hydrogen bus reducing traffic and congestion.

The JV is working alongside strategic partners – Chesterfield Borough Council, The Peak District National Park Authority and The University of Derby among others. We are also developing partnerships with brands that align with the Gateway’s values and vision, to integrate products, experiences and expertise into the delivery of a world-class visitor experience.

The project team has now been appointed to work on the Gateway at PEAK. Stanton Williams, Cundall, DN Consultancy, RDS Global and Gillespies, are working with Milligan alongside the strategic partners to define this once in a lifetime project.