The North Pennines Observatory @Allenheads Contemporary Arts
Anthony Toole sees how art and astronomy have been successfully combined with the opening of an observatory in Allenheads.
In 2015 discussions began for a partnership project between ACA and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to build a community observatory at ACA's venue The Old Schoolhouse.
In line with ACA's history of innovative projects, creative director Alan Smith suggested an architectural competition and contacted Tim Bailey of Xsite Architecture. A meeting followed with Fiona Knox of the AONB and so the project began.
An architectural design competition was overseen by Tim and students at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities were invited to submit their designs.
The winners of the architectural design competition Katie Fisher, Noor Jan-Mohamed and Becky Wise
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