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New youth hostel doubles as art gallery

In Berwick-upon-Tweed a new youth hostel and art gallery has officially opened following the completion of the Dewar’s Lane Granary Grade II £5m refurbishment. In addition to the 55 bed hostel and the exhibition space the property, which is six stories has meeting and conference rooms, a bistro and a seating area in an outdoor courtyard.

The BPT, the Berwick Preservation Trust was in charge of the restoration with One North East and Sea Change, the now defunct government programme, provided the funding. Also helping in the funding were the Youth Hotel Association (YHA), the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Northumberland County Council and the former Berwick Borough Council.

The new look property was designed by Bain Swan Architects and DI Burchell, Allan Cumming, Wren and Bell, CDM, Richard Amos and Northern Structure all working together on the scheme. Jamie Andrew, BPT chair said the building went from a former derelict space to the modern age, whilst no forgetting it cultural heritage. The bistro and hostel will be operated by the YHA and the new facility will managed by the Granary Gallery.

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