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Lake District disabled activity centre seeks architect for £1.1m revamp

Little Crosthwaite, Cumbria
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The Lake District Calvert Trust is recruiting an architect for a £1.1 million overhaul of its activity centre for disabled people in Little Crosthwaite, Cumbria

The winning team will expand and modernise the trust’s Grade II-listed base at Old Windebrowe farm, which provides outdoor activity breaks for disabled people with acquired brain injuries, along with their families.

According to the competition brief, the Calvert Trust want to ‘redevelop the entire facility to provide a fully accessible residential centre … The redeveloped centre will therefore need to provide the accommodation, services and facilities required to deliver five-to-seven day programmes to support participants with their ongoing rehabilitation.’

The Calvert Trust launched in 1976 when the 18th-century farm and tithebarn were donated by the Spedding family of nearby Mirehouse. The complex overlooks Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw mountain and includes elements thought to date from the 1550s. 

The facility provides self-catering accommodation for disabled people and their families alongside activity spaces and staff facilities. The buildings were last modernised in the 1980s and are now in a poor state of repair.

The project will bring facilities up to current accessibility standards, replace services across the complex, and upgrade outdoor areas. The historic tithebarn – which is currently under used – will also be converted into six apartments for stroke survivors and people with acquired brain injuries or physical impairments and their families alongside a communal area.

Applicants must have experience of completing at least three similar projects within the past five years and hold £10 million in professional indemnity insurance and £5 million in public liability insurance.

The appointed team will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 2 up to planning and, if funding is approved, on to project completion, which is scheduled for 2020. 

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 28 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Sean Day
Lake District Calvert Trust
Little Crosthwaite
CA12 4QD

Tel: +44 1768772255
Email: seand@lakedistrict.calvert-trust.org.uk

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  • Eoin O'Leary

    £10m PI and £5m public liability!...... absolutely ludicrous, the premium payments would eat up swathes of the fee for Stage 2 to planning. Small practices in the UK are doomed with this type of nonsense.

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