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13 December 2011

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Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

Windermere Steamboat Museum Competition

Carmody Groarke are announced as the winners of the competition to redevelop the Windermere Steamboat Museum in the Lake District National Park. Earlier this year the Lakeland Arts Trust secured initial support for a £7.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid*, including £494,000 development funding, to take the project forward. The project aims to create an exciting and active museum that will use the lake and the stunning lakeside setting to display the nationally significant collection of steam launches, motor boats, yachts and other vessels, which are all associated with Windermere.

Carmody Groarke were selected from a very strong shortlist, which included (in alphabetical order): Adam Khan Architects, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Terry Pawson Architects, Reiach and Hall Architects, 6a Architects, Sutherland Hussey Architects and Witherford Watson Mann Architects.

The Jury Panel included representatives from the Lakeland Arts Trust, together with Stuart McKnight (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects) acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser, Roger Tempest (Rural Conceps Group), Kim Wilkie (Kim Wilkie Associates) and Ellis Woodman (Editor, Building Design Magazine).

The panel felt that Carmody Groarke had 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.

Martin Ainscough, Chairman of the Lakeland Arts Trust:
'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:
'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 Lake Windermere and the requirements for the Museum and the nationally important collection of boats, which are all associated with 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:
'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.'


Notes to editors

* *A first-round pass means that the project meets our criteria for funding and we believe it has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award. Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 33,000 projects, allocating £4.7 billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.
For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.

Please ensure that RIBA Competitions is credited when mentioning the above competition. RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run competitive selection processes. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions 

Further details about the Windermere Steamboat Museum please visit www.steamboats.org.uk 



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