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Friday, 24 October 2014

Windermere museum architect chosen

AN ARCHITECT has been selected to design a landmark Lake District building.

Carmody Groarke studio is the winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects competition to design the new Windermere Steamboat Museum.

The Lakeland Arts Trust, which runs the museum, has secured initial support for a £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund bid, including £494,000 development funding, to take the project forward.

The project aims to create an exciting and active museum which will use the lakeside setting to display the collection of steam launches, motor boats, yachts and other vessels which are all associated with Windermere.

Panel members felt that London-based Carmody Groarke had produced a memorable and sensitive set of design proposals. The architectural studio was chosen from a shortlist of eight.

Martin Ainscough, chairman of the Lakeland Arts Trust, said: “We were really pleased with the high quality of the entries and we’re delighted to be working with a young, talented and ambitious practice.”

Gordon Watson, chief executive of the Lakeland Arts Trust, said: “The competition attracted a great deal of interest and Carmody Groake are very worthy winners from an excellent shortlist.

“Their fresh and distinctive design is an inspired response to the heritage of the beautiful site beside Windermere.

“We are looking forward to working with Carmody Groarke to develop the project as a major attraction in the heart of the Lake District.”

Andrew Groarke said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the Lakeland Arts Trust on the new museum in Windermere. It is a great privilege to be working with such a wonderful collection and in such a beautiful location.”

Carmody Groarke was selected from a shortlist which also included: 6a Architects; Adam Khan Architects; Niall McLaughlin Architects; Terry Pawson Architects; Reiach and Hall Architects; Sutherland Hussey Architects and Witherford Watson Mann Architects.

The jury panel involved representatives from the Lakeland Arts Trust and other industry experts.

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