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FINE PARKING IN LAKE DISTRICT Sheppard Robson has submitted plans for this three-storey car park - part of an £80 million revamp of Penrith town centre in the Lake District. The unusual, undulating 250m-long facade is a scaleddown replica of the topography of a 50km stretch between the Cumbrian town and the Irish sea (see map, below right). Made up from 1,622 wooden 'slices', there are plans to preassemble this external structure in 9m panels using locally sourced timber. Sheppard Robson's creative director Tim Evans believes the scheme will up the ante in car park design. He said: 'This building is a unique reaction to the conventional blank concrete face of car parks across the UK.'

The £6 million project is expected to start on site early next year.

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