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Local practice named as tentative winner of RIBA Ullswater contest

A design by Carlisle-based Architects Plus (UK) has been chosen as the ‘preferred scheme’ in the RIBA contest to design a new clubhouse building for a yacht club on Lake Ullswater in Cumbria

The proposal for the Ullswater Yacht Club was chosen from more than 180 entries, and was described by the judges as ‘an iconic response that satisfied the club’s functional requirements, as well as flood, size and cost criteria’. 

The club’s management committee have already endorsed the ‘preferred scheme’ and over the Easter weekend the design will be shown to the members.  Once this process is complete Architects Plus is expected to be confirmed as winners.

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The competition was launched in December last year, setting architects the challenge of designing a new Clubhouse capable of withstanding flooding, and providing increased and improved accommodation.  Ullswater Yacht Club is located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, and is unrivalled in its facilities both on and off the water.  Their Clubhouse suffered extensive damage in the floods of November 2009 and although structural repairs have enabled the club to continue to function they decided to proceed with Conceptual and Feasibility studies for a new building.

Previous story (AJ 10.12.10)

RIBA launches Ullswater yacht clubhouse competition

The RIBA has launched a competition to design a new clubhouse building for a yacht club on Lake Ullswater in Cumbria

The competition brief is for a 500m² building with defences to withstand future floods. The original clubhouse suffered extensive flood damage in November 2009.

As part of plans to increase membership at the club, designers are asked to propose a ‘functional, welcoming, practical and flexible’ facility.

The Lake District tourist destination currently provides holidaymakers and locals access to dinghies, keelboats, and a sailing area. 

The deadline for entries is 15 February 2011.

For more information visit the RIBA Competitions website

Readers' comments (15)

  • Will this 'Rotunda' get planning permission?

    Was the winning scheme also supported by the RIBA architectural advisor?

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  • i can only assume that frameless glazing must be cheap up north for this to come in on budget at £1200/m2....

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  • i can only assume that frameless glazing must be cheap up north for this to come in on budget at £1200/m2....

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  • The result brings into question not only the point of having a national competition with all the wasted efforts on the part of the unsuccsessful competitors but also the role of the RIBA competitions office in the process

    I cant see how any one could describe a circular building as being functional or cost effective

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  • ha

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  • Oh dear, has a bitter loser been let loose with the comments box?

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  • Given the high quality of the other entries I find the choice of this scheme as puzzling. It doesn't seem to respond particulary well to the site. I would certainly think twice about entering another RIBA endorsed competition.

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  • What a disappointing scheme given the shortlist included good architects like Featherstone Young and Sutherland Hussey – lets see the images!

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  • What a wasted opportunity to put relevant building on a beautiful site. This building reminds me of a 90's insertion in a town centre. What is going on?!!!

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  • This is just another example of concept architecture where the design fails to meet the clients budget.
    As a UYC member I am very disappointed in the UYC jury panel who have clearly got carried away with the RIBA design competition & lost sight of the what can be procured for £1200/m2 - a clear waste of club funds.
    However UYC members are still to vote on this design & whether we can fund a new clubhouse !

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  • truly depressing, I didn't enter this (before you ask) but as a Carlisle born lad, I wish I had. What a sad looking building on such a beautiful site.

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  • All 3 entries on the shortlist were from Cumbria based Architects out of 180 'anonymous' submissions. I smell a rat, very poor form for the RIBA to be associated with something like this

    and what a truly dreadful design.

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  • Re: The last comment.

    No - 2 of the 3 shortlisted were Cumbrian Practices. The other (my practice!) was from Surrey.

    All the longlist and 3 shortlisted entries can be viewed at this link. The 3 shortlisted schemes numbers are listed in the report:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/51891701/RIBA-Ullswater-Competition-Jury-Report

    The latest post on the Ullswater clubhouse website makes interesting reading also. It appears to suggest the 'preferred scheme' had already been selected before the final interviews took place:

    http://www.ullswateryachtclub.org/Home/tabid/188/mid/527/newsid527/111/RIBA-Design-Competition---Preferred-Scheme/Default.aspx

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  • Re: The last comment.

    No - 2 of the 3 shortlisted were Cumbrian Practices. The other (my practice!) was from Surrey.

    All the longlist and 3 shortlisted entries can be viewed at this link. The 3 shortlisted schemes numbers are listed in the report:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/51891701/RIBA-Ullswater-Competition-Jury-Report

    The latest post on the Ullswater clubhouse website makes interesting reading also. It appears to suggest the 'preferred scheme' had already been selected before the final interviews took place:

    http://www.ullswateryachtclub.org/Home/tabid/188/mid/527/newsid527/111/RIBA-Design-Competition---Preferred-Scheme/Default.aspx

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  • The brief also contained the requirement for the building to be extended in the future to cope with a large increase in membership - I would like to know how you would successfully extend an egg-shaped building ?

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