Planit-IE selected for Windermere vision

A team led by landscape architects Planit-IE has been appointed to map out a 20-year plan for the major redevelopment of Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Windermere.

Altrincham-based Planit-IE has a working history with Brockhole, part of the Lake District National Park, as it provided the creative ideas for the landside works around the new jetty last year.

"Anyone who has visited Brockhole in the last 12 months will have seen some major changes – a new jetty linking in with the lake cruises, exhibitions telling the story of the Lake District, extra retail opportunities in the shop, a new menu in the café, open water swimming and animal experiences – and a new high ropes course that will open later this year," said Brockhole programme director Adam Thomas.

"Now, as the first stage of changes concludes, our thoughts are with what happens next to create an inspiring centre that encourages visitors and local people to explore and celebrate the Lake District," he added.

Planit's team includes design engineers Stockley, Carmody Groarke Architects and public-space event programmers, Groundbreaking. The client is the Lake District National Park Authority.

Pete Swift, director of Planit-IE, said: "We are delighted to have won the chance to further shape the future at Brockhole and to be working in the Lake District again, so soon after winning the Windermere Steam Boat Museum competition with Andy and Kevin at Carmody Groarke. It is one of our favourite places and with its breathtaking views and location on the shores of Windermere it has all the ingredients, to become a truly world class visitor attraction."

Later in the year the public will have the opportunity to be involved online in the creation of the masterplan for Brockhole's future.

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