Artist's Impression, New Boathouse, Lingholm

Lakes estate adds boathouse to offer

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.”

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I wish that was my house.

By Want

“contemporary architectural feature” – vom

By Du Be Ous

Should be more very good contemporary architecture in Cumbria and this fits the bill.

By zoro

I’m not against contemporary architecture but rather the phrase and the random adding of ‘feature’.

By Du Be Ous

It is a boil on the face of one of the World’s finest views. It is totally out of keeping with the environment and ethos of the national park, given, also that the park now has World Heritage Status, this blight on the landscape has spoilt what was meant to be protected. It was meant to replace a boathouse, but is now nothing more than a rich person’s holiday home. If it had been faced and tiled in local slate instead of glaringly bright larch and glass, and hadn’t had a the surrounding trees felled to make it stand out more glaringly, then it would have been acceptable. Alas, that isn’t the case and I and millions of others will feel nothing but disgust at the total lack of respect for this view, which comforts millions of visitors to that lake shore every year.

By Brian Middleton

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