Wansbeck Business Park was created on the former Ashington Colliery site. A new landscape infrastructure was designed to attract inward investment to south east Northumberland. The landscape proposals included a new entrance and frontage, lake, landform and planting design to the frontage and avenue planting.
The entrance feature and gates provide a significant landmark identifying the location of the Business Park. The centre of the site and focus of the development uses the elements of the classic English landscape park – lake, islands and gazebo, grass and planting, but re-interpreted in a modern way. Semi-mature trees have been planted adjacent to the entrance as well as avenue trees along the access road.
Described by Bill Bryson in ‘Notes from a Small Island’ as ‘Ashington was nothing like I expected it to be……………there was even a new business park with fluttering pennants, spindly new trees and an impressive brick gateway on what was clearly reclaimed ground.’