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Carmody Groarke lands go-ahead for Windermere Steamboat Museum plans

Carmody Groarke has won planning permission for its £13.3 million, competition-winning proposals to redevelop Windermere Steamboat Museum

The ‘unanimous’ approval on Wednesday (June 5) came just days after South Lakeland District Council also agreed to hand the museum a £200,000 grant to help ‘unlock further funding’.

Described as a ‘cluster of buildings’, the project will house a collection of more than 40 boats with ‘national and international significance’ including the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world (the SL Dolly, built in 1850).

The scheme is due to open in October 2015 and expects to attract around 100,000 visitors a year.

Carmody Groarke saw off an impressive eight-strong shortlist, which included Sutherland Hussey, Niall McLaughlin and Adam Khan, to win the project following an RIBA-run competition back in 2011.

An earlier OJEU-led procurement process for a larger £24.7 million visitor centre collapsed due to a funding shortage.

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Carmody Groarke has submitted plans for the £13 million redevelopment of the Windermere Steamboat Museum

The practice saw off an impressive eight-strong shortlist, which included Niall McLaughlin, Terry Pawson and Adam Khan, to win the sought-after project following an RIBA-run competition back in 2011.

An earlier OJEU-led procurement process for a larger £24.7 million visitor centre collapsed due to a funding shortage.

To help build the scheme project backer, the Lakeland Arts Trust is bidding for £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. However, once opened in October 2015, the museum ‘will be self-sustaining’ and expects to attract more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Described as a ‘cluster of buildings’, the project will house a boat collection of ‘national and international significance’ including the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world (SL Dolly 1850).

As well as exhibition space, the plans also feature a conservation workshop, a ‘wet-dock where boats will be displayed on water’, a learning centre and a café.

Explaining the design, practice co-founder Andy Groarke said: ‘The composition of [the museum’s] pitched-roof forms is intended to forge a strong connection between visitors, boats and water. They are characterised by large canopies which frame views to and from the lake, but also provide all weather shelter around the perimeter of the museum.’

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Carmody Groarke wins Windermere Steamboat Museum contest

Carmody Groarke has seen off the likes of Niall McLaughlin, Terry Pawson and Adam Khan, to win the RIBA-run competition to overhaul the Windermere Steamboat Museum

The contest for the £10 million project in the Lake District National Park attracted 114 expressions of interest. An earlier OJEU-led procurement process for a larger £24.7 million visitor centre collapsed due to a funding shortage.

Eight schemes were shortlisted in the latest competition. Teams were asked to design a wet dock, a dry exhibition space and a conservation workshop. Entrants were also asked to engage with the landscape of the lakeside site.

Earlier this year, project-backer the Lakeland Arts Trust secured initial support for a £7.4million Heritage Lottery Fund bid, including £494,000 development funding, to take the project forward.

The judges’ comments about the victorious scheme:

‘Carmody Groarke has produced a memorable and sensitive set of design proposals which demonstrated an excellent understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the Brief and the Trust’s requirements. The conflicting demands of providing a functional museum to house, display and conserve the historic boat collection within a facility that will create a high-quality visitor experience and have broad audience appeal to encourage repeat visits had been addressed particularly well. 
‘The simple forms of the cantilevered buildings were considered to resonate well with the heritage of the site, as well as the Lakeland landscape and steamboat architecture.’

The shortlist

  • 6a Architects
  • Adam Khan Architects
  • Carmody Groarke
  • Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Sutherland Hussey Architects                
  • Terry Pawson Architects
  • Witherford Watson Mann Architects

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In pictures: Windermere Steamboat Museum shortlist revealed

These images show the eight schemes shortlisted in the RIBA-run competition to overhaul the Windermere Steamboat Museum in the Lake District National Park

The shortlisted teams for the £10 million project are: 6a; Adam Khan; Carmody Groarke; Niall McLaughlin; Reiach and Hall; Sutherland Hussey; Terry Pawson and Witherford Watson Mann.

All the designs have been submitted anonymously and will go on display at Windermere’s Marchesi Centre next week. The contest received 114 expressions of interest.

The brief included a wet dock, a dry exhibition space and a conservation workshop. Entrants were also asked to engage with the landscape of the lakeside site.

In October 2009, an earlier OJEU-led contest to design a £24.7 million visitor centre for the museum collapsed due to a funding shortage.

Currently closed to the public, the Windermere Steamboat Museum hosts a ‘nationally significant’ collection of steam launches, motor boats, yachts and other vessels associated with the area – according to competition organisers.

The judging panel will conduct its final interviews next month. Shortlisted teams received a £2,500 honorarium.

 

The shortlist

  • 6a Architects
  • Adam Khan Architects
  • Carmody Groarke
  • Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Sutherland Hussey Architects                
  • Terry Pawson Architects
  • Witherford Watson Mann Architects

 

 

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