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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

Previous story (28.10.2011)

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

 

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • A great shortlist of architects, but lets face it that list could have been written without the need for a 'two stage' competition, the other 108 practices were just wasting their time, the RIBA should go back to singale stage anonymous design competitions to give the rest of the profession a chance, we'd rather 'waste' time designing something than filling in endless PQQ forms, at least it rewarding and we would have some chance of getting shortlisted.

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