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Welcome point

Newcastle University School of Architecture, 2017

A welcome point for visitors to Bakethin Conservation Area

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Students at Newcastle University's School of Architecture worked with Kielder Art & Architecture, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Northumbrian Water to design and build a Welcome Point to compliment their new wildlife hide at Bakethin Conserevation Area.

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Welcome Point is located in the main Bakethin Conservation Area carpark near Kielder village.

Turn off the C200, where Bakethin is signed and turn right to the main carpark where the Welcome Point structure is located. 


MArch students at Newcastle University School of Architecture were commissioned to develop ideas for a new wildlife hide and information point at Bakethin Conservation Area. To compliment the hide, a shelter and information hub would be created in the main Bakethin Conservation Area carpark.

The students worked through 2016 with Northumbrian Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water, and Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust to develop their brief, submitting a number of potential design options for the structure consideration. The project team choe their preferred design, which was partially fabricated off site, and then constructed in Kielder over a 5 day period in October 2017. 

750m from the Welcome Point along the Lakeside Way is Bakethin hide, designed and built by the same student group.