Country Park Visitor Centre
Hadlow College purchased the former Betteshanger Colliery from the Homes and Communities Agency, with plans to invest £40 million and create 1000 jobs, to provide an opportunity for their students to gain experience in hospitality and leisure services. dha planning have submitted an application for the replacement of the temporary Visitor Centre with a new permanent facility designed by Sheppard Robson Architects.
The Colliery divides into the Fowlmead Country Park in the east and a separate business site on the former pithead land in the west. The Country Park provides its visitors with a vast 200 acres of safe, off-road space for leisure activities such as cycling and orienteering and the new Visitor Centre will house additional attractions including a mining museum, café, conference area, bicycle hire centre and shop as well as a biomass plant for the generation of renewable energy.
Hadlow College and DHA are currently progressing with the development of the pithead, to the west into a business park and innovation centre.
For more information please contact Martin Page.