A firm of property and regeneration specialists has paved the way for the UK’s first £50m Eco-therapy and Wellness Park which is set to employ hundreds of people. Identified by National Pride UK (Community Interest Company), as the perfect site, due to its natural beauty and historical mining background.
The 108-acre site in East Ayrshire is to be developed over the next five years into an Eco-therapy and wellness park, along with a dedicated visitor’s centre for the Barony A-Frame and woodland relaxation areas. It is hoped that around 350 jobs will be created as part of the work, which will be carbon negative.
Andrew Johnson, head of asset management at Hargreaves Land, said: “We’ve been really impressed by the scale of the plans for The Barony, which will offer the opportunity for quality entertainment and leisure pursuits, sited sensitively within green spaces.”
Following the successful purchase of the site earlier this month by Intro Crowd from Hargreaves Land, work has now begun to develop the parks plans further, with Intro Crowd’s mission is deeply rooted in creating developments which have a positive social impact.
Intro Crowd’s CEO, Greg Baker comments: “We are delighted to have purchased The Barony; we believe the wellness industry is growing at pace. Alongside the wellbeing elements, we are also acutely aware of the positive impact a development of this type will have on the local economy and employment figures in East Ayrshire”.
The team will also work with local charity The Barony A-Frame Trust, which manages the remaining colliery assets including the pit-head winding gear, A-frame and surrounding memorial gardens, which lie adjacent to the proposed redevelopment site. Together, these serve as a lasting monument to the industrial heritage of the Auchinleck area, and to the miners lost during its operation, and have become a popular spot for visitors, including dog walkers, bird watchers and ramblers.
Since the colliery’s closure in 1989, the wider area has become overgrown, but the new plans for the site include the creation of walkways, cycle paths, spa and wellbeing centres, and state-of-the-art hospitality facilities.