YMCA Lakeside opens Windermere education centre

A £6.8m school and youth centre in Cumbria has opened following a seven-year redevelopment project.

The Stoller Campus is on the banks of Lake Windermere, and was designed to blend into the landscape in order to minimise the visual impact.

The site was acquired by YMCA Fylde Coast in 2010, which subsequently began fundraising to pay for the building’s redevelopment. The property had fallen into disarray due to years of infrastructure decline and lack of investment.

John Cronin, chief executive of YMCA Fyle Coast, said: “The launch ceremony is a pivotal moment in time for YMCA Lakeside. The Stoller Campus will enable us to continue offering lifechanging experiences for future generations. We’re looking forward to welcoming our next million young people.”

Cassidy & Ashton, a Lancashire-based architecture, town planning and building surveying practice, acted as the lead consultant and oversaw the final design and build phase.

Alistair Baines, chairman of Cassidy & Ashton, said: “We were delighted to be involved in this exciting project at the heart of the iconic World Heritage Site. We fully appreciate the importance of this facility to the YMCA, that will undoubtedly provide long term, sustainable facilities for the Trust.”

The professional team on the scheme included Conlon as construction company, Thornber & Walker as the quantity surveyor, Beech Jackson Partnership was the service consultant, and Curtins Consulting was the structuring and civil consultant.

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