Banks take control of WYG

White Young Green, the consultancy with offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Cockermouth, had its drastic refinancing plans approved by shareholders.

Architect buys Cumbrian farmhouse used in Withnail film

Michael Hunt

United Utilities has sold a derelict Cumbrian farmhouse made famous in the 1987 film Withnail and I to architect Tim Ellis for an undisclosed sum. Ellis, who is from Canterbury, is hoping to restore Sleddale Hall, near Shap, to...

Lakeland Arts Trust plans Windermere attraction

Michael Hunt

Lakeland Arts Trust has published a tender for a £1.5m-£3.1m contract to oversee architectural and design services relating to the redevelopment of the Windermere Steamboat Museum on the shores of Lake Windermere in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. The four-year project involves...

Lakeland plans new store design roll-out

Cumbria-based homewares retailer Lakeland has opened the first of a new format of store in Stratford-upon-Avon. Design consultancy Small Back Room produced the concept for the 5,715 sq ft store following a pilot store opened in Durham in April....

Architect appointed for Brampton hospital plans

Michael Hunt

An award-winning American architect practice has been appointed to design a new health campus in Brampton, Cumbria. Dallas-based Jonathan Bailey Associates, which designed Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland, is to develop a blueprint for the site. Jonathan Bailey Associates...

West Lakes appoints design consultant to oversee work

Grit & Pearl, a design consultancy from Gateshead, has been appointed to lead a new initiative by West Lakes Renaissance and the Arts Council England North West to "ensure high quality design is at the forefront" of the urban...

Ian Simpson to create Lake District primary school

Manchester-based Ian Simpson Architects has been selected to design a new primary school and village centre in Grasmere, Ambleside. The company was chosen ahead of runners-up Sutherland Hussey and Hanson Marston Mellor for the £1.5m contract. As well as...

Cumbria property developers win second award

Michael Hunt

Applethwaite has won 'Best New Development in a Conservation Area' with its mixed use development scheme, The Royal, in Windermere, Cumbria. The developer, part of the Preston-based Eric Wright Group, gained the award from The Royal Town Planning Institute...