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Take two: RIBA launches Windermere Steamboat Museum design contest

The RIBA has launched a design competition for the redevelopment of the Windermere Steamboat Museum in the Lake District National Park

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.

Expressions of interest are now sought from architect-led design teams interested in taking part in the £5 million contest which is being run for museum owner Lakeland Arts Trust.

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 revamped facility will focus on the social history of the boats and their technology and construction.

Following a pre-qualification phase, up to eight teams will be invited to proceed to the design stage of the competition.  Short-listed teams will receive a £2,500 honorarium payment.

The deadline for expressions of interest is noon on August 4.  



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