Peak Architects completed the final snagging on the Dining Room extension for the Dukes Barn Outdoor Activity Centre yesterday and apart from a few snagging items and a final clean the project was looking glorious in the Sunshine.

Peak Architects were appointed in 2014 to provide new kitchen and extending dining room facilities for the centre; this followed two unsuccessful planning appeals for schemes submitted by the previous architects. Working closely with the Peak Park planning team and the centres in-house management team we managed to propose a scheme on the Garden II listed building that was acceptable to the conservation officer and subsequently achieved a successful planning outcome.

Dukes Barn is an Outdoor Activity Centre, based in Beeley providing group accommodation and outdoor adventure activities for young people of all abili-ties. Its aim as a education trust, is to ensure that all young people, regardless of ability, special need or disadvantage, are given the opportunity to experience quality outdoor education, in a safe environment, to improve not only their physical fitness but also their confidence and self esteem to enable them to meet the challenges of everyday life, today and in the future. Their main focus is children with special needs including Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, children with hearing or sight impairment and those with physical disabilities including wheelchair users.