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Manchester property lawyer seals deal on multi-million pound national discovery centre

1 April 2015

The countrys first national landscape discovery centre has took a major step forward thanks to YHA represented by Manchester law firm Browne Jacobson.

The Sill is set to be a landmark discovery landscape centre located in the heart of the Hadrians Wall World Heritage site in Northumberland National Park thanks in part to a £7.8million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project, which is a joint collaboration between YHA and Northumberland National Park Authority, is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors each year, offering an all-weather and year-round facility including hostel accommodation, retail facilities and a café.

The HLF grant will help to secure the future of this ambitious project, with construction expected to begin on site later this year. The activity programme will start in autumn 2015 and the Sill national landscape discovery building is expected to open its doors to the public in June 2017.

Property lawyer Dominic Buckley of Manchester law firm Browne Jacobson has been advising YHA on the agreement.

Dominic Buckley said:

"This is a project of national significance and as a Manchester based law firm we are delighted to be involved.

"It speaks volumes for the professional services sector in the North West that we are acting on some of the countrys most iconic property projects."

Aside from The Sill Browne Jacobsons Manchester property team has recently advised on a number of iconic property deals for the YHA nationally including:

  • Acquiring the former Grade II 51-room Royal York Hotel in Brighton into a 180-bed Youth Hostel (by way of a back to back acquisition and lease in partnership with Development Securities).
  • The Eden Project collaboration - a three way deal involving the Eden Project, YHA and Snoozebox, the leading provider of portable hotel accommodation and services. Here a 58 room hostel made from shipping containers (built by Snoozebox) will be situated at the Eden Project and managed by the YHA.
  • Securing a new long leasehold interest at 14-18 Noel Street, London - the YHA in the City

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