Following the on-land groundworks, Thomas Armstrong have been working in the water completing the installation of sheet piling to form a new lake edge. The sheet piling stretches from the boatyard area where the slipway will be located, all the way to the historic dock wall edge. The areas of sheet piling will form some of the structure needed to support the new boathouse, this will be longer than the old building and is a portal frame design creating the maximum roof height for boats on display in the water.
Groundworks continue to change the profile of the site with the layout for the new buildings taking shape every day. Thomas Armstrong have made good progress reducing the ground levels for the conservation workshop and boatyard area and will soon be starting the drainage installation ahead of the foundations for the building.
Following the official start on site in November, Thomas Armstrong have prepared the site and begun the groundworks forming the basis of the new museum buildings. One of the first tasks has been to build up the ground level to the main buildings. As part of the flood defence strategy, the museum will be built on a plinth to raise it above the historic flood levels. The need for this was demonstrated earlier this month when much of Cumbria was affected by heavy rainfall and flooding. Although the site flooded, fortunately the lake level dropped quickly and work was able to carry on.
Lakeland Arts are delighted to announce the schools that we will be working with as part of the Esperance Project, the schools programme from Windermere Jetty. Esperance is a collection of six individual projects, which will provide schools with a unique opportunity to engage with the Museum before it opens. Each project will offer the participating schools a fantastic opportunity to experience first-hand, the build up to the opening of Windermere Jetty.
Martin Ainscough, Chair of Lakeland Arts and David Atkinson, Managing Director Thomas Armstrong Construction, welcomed over 80 supporters to celebrate the official groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the new Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. The project, design and construction teams were joined by donors, volunteers and other supporters to mark this major milestone for the future of the special boat collection.