The Esperance Project is a collection of fun and inspiring projects for schools which is being run by our team, in collaboration with creative partners and local businesses. We are working with six Cumbrian primary and secondary schools each participating in a unique project rooted in the collection of historic boats and Windermere Jetty museum. The projects are being delivering throughout 2016.
With the café and boathouse structures completed towards the end of last month the main exhibition building is now following suit. The largest building will house the main displays telling stories about the boats and the fascinating people that designed, built and used them on the lake. Once the steel frame has been completed, work will start to form the dry dock in the centre of the space where Branksome will be displayed when the new museum opens. A temporary exhibition gallery overlooking the lake will also enable changing exhibitions and displays
Over the last month work has continued on the conservation workshop building, the roof is being installed and will be finished in copper next month. A retaining wall behind the building has also been constructed which will later form a timber store for planks used in the boat conservation.
The concrete foundation for the café was completed and the steel structure for this building has been erected. The structure beautifully frames the views towards the Langdales and across to Claife Heights which future visitors will be able to enjoy over cake and a cup of coffee.
On Friday 10 June, Turner & Townsend staff from offices around the country took part in a 92-mile cycle ride from Newcastle, where our project and cost management team are based, to the Windermere Jetty site to raise funds in support of the project.
Eleven riders set off from the Newcastle office near to the Tyne bridge at 7am on Friday morning. The route took them across the Pennines climbing over 9000 feet over Rookhope, Allenheads, Hartside and Kirkstone Pass. They all successfully completed the ride arriving at the museum site eight and half hours later.
The first buildings have begun to emerge from the ground at the museum site on Windermere. The steel structure for the new conservation workshop was erected last month, although it is still to be clad the building already frames stunning views across the lake as can be seen in the photo above. The new boathouse structure has also begun to take shape spanning the water where boats will later be moored and visitors will see them bobbing on the lake. Groundworks have also continued preparing the site for the café building and learning centre that are next on the list to erect.