The new PGL location at Newby Wiske Hall, near North Allerton in North Yorkshire, is a Grade-II listed mansion house in 30 acres of grounds, formerly the headquarters and training centre for the North Yorkshire Police.
Over the next few months, PGL will be refurbishing the site to create brand new en suite accommodation for guests and a range of adventure activities - including watersports on the existing lake - ready to open in spring 2018.
In addition, PGL has announced plans for Bawdsey Manor, near Woodbridge on the Suffolk coast. The144-acre estate was formerly an international boarding school known as Alexanders College, and has a number of existing buildings and facilities that will utilised as part of the PGL adventure and education infrastructure.
Bawdsey Manor will be open this summer for youth groups and international ELT students, and available from spring for school groups.
"We are delighted to be adding these two fantastic properties to our adventure centre portfolio. We are excited by this opportunity to open new centres in such attractive and important locations and to safeguard two historic sites," said PGL Commercial Director, John Firth.
"PGL operates 14 outdoor education centres in the UK, offering residential courses with a wide range of adventure activities and local excursions for schools, and EFL programmes for overseas students."
He added, "Over the coming months, we will refurbish the buildings and grounds to create en suite accommodation for visiting pupils and teachers and a range of popular PGL adventure activities. We plan to open Bawdsey Manor for our first guests this summer and Newby Wiske next spring, creating more than 200 jobs, not only instructing activities, but in catering, housekeeping, site maintenance and management roles. We will be pleased to share our plans in more detail in the near future and look forward to welcoming guests to both centres."
By Matthew Knott