BERWICK BARRACKS RE-AWAKENING FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
Berwick Town Council, Berwick Archives and Museum Action Group (BAMAG)
The Grade I listed Berwick Barracks is highly significant in terms of architectural and cultural heritage and is important locally and nationally. Its importance to the local economy as a contributor to the visitor economy of Berwick has however diminished considerably across recent decades and Berwick similarly faces challenges as one of Northumberland’s most deprived towns. Commissioned by Berwick Town Council with support from local group the Berwick Archive and Museum Action Group, the purpose of the study was to examine the feasibility of the rejuvenation of the Barracks as a Borders Heritage Hub (BHH) which celebrates the unique heritage and culture of the Borders creating a new flagship attraction capable of stimulating socio-economic regeneration for the town. Jura Consultants’ role was to assess the potential visitor market impact and financial implications of the BHH working closely with architects Spence & Dower who were assessing the technical feasibility of the proposition. Consultation with potential partners of the BHH and the wider community was a critical aspect of the study assisting to determine the core concept for BHH and associated visitor experience upon which the business case was assessed. The feasibility assessment has identified a potential way forward for the BHH and Berwick Barracks and has been shared amongst the partners for further consideration.
Jura Consultants was subsequently commissioned in a follow-up piece of work to facilitate a series of extended workshops allowing the core stakeholder partners to discuss key topics identified from the feasibility study to allow the project to advance. These include management and operations (including income and revenue flows), concept development, project costs, funding and impact, and the identification of the next steps for the project.