The Lingholm Estate has announced the start of work to transform the site of a derelict boathouse overlooking Derwentwater into a contemporary architectural feature including a holiday apartment, to be completed in early 2019.
Maryport-based MPM North West, which specialises in marine construction, is delivering the building. The estate near Keswick offers accommodation in a variety of cottages and lodges, and has commissioned Yorkshire architect Shaw & Jagger as designer on the project.
The new look Boathouse is being built almost adjacent to the previous structure, which had fallen into disuse over many years and was damaged beyond repair in recent flooding.
The development comprises a larch-clad building, constructed on tall steel pilings, designed to make the most of its location within the surrounding woodland of the 40-acre Lingholm Estate.
David Seymour, owner of the Lingholm Estate, said: “This is a very exciting project and something we have been working towards for almost five years now. It’s an intricate build, but we are using modern construction methods to preserve the lakeshore’s outstanding natural beauty, at the same time as creating a unique and contemporary structure.
“This is likely to be one of the last new boathouses to be allowed on the shores of Derwentwater, so we want it to be a truly special building which will stand the test of time.”