Cassidy + Ashton leads £7m education centre refurbishment

Cassidy + Ashton has played a key role in the £7m, seven-year redevelopment of the new youth centre at YMCA Lakeside in Cumbria.

The Preston-based architecture, town planning and building surveying practice was lead consultant for The Stoller Campus which has been officially opened by key benefactor Sir Norman Stoller.

Sitting on the banks of Lake Windermere and located within 400 acres of woodland, YMCA Lakeside is one of the largest and most established outdoor education centres in the country.

In 2010 Lakeside was acquired by YMCA Fylde Coast which began an ambitious fundraising and redevelopment project to create world-class accommodation for schools and youth groups.

The eco-friendly building now features hi-tech entrances, sophisticated security access, en-suite dormitory rooms, and drying rooms for boots and outdoor gear.

Architecturally, the building is designed to ‘disappear’ into the landscape, minimising the visual impact on Lake Windermere.

Cassidy + Ashton took a previously designed concept to oversee the final design and building phase. Working with quantity surveyors Thornber & Walker, services consultants Beech Jackson Partnership, structuring and civil consultant Curtins Consulting Ltd and construction company Conlon, the team successfully delivered the project.

Alistair Baines, chairman of Cassidy + Ashton, said: “We were delighted to be involved in this very exciting project at the heart of the iconic World Heritage Site.

“We fully appreciate the importance of this facility to the YMCA going forward and are proud to be involved in helping to deliver a significant development of the Lakeside centre that will undoubtedly provide long term, sustainable facilities for the Trust.”

Offering over 50 outdoor water and land-based activities, YMCA Lakeside has been seeking to change young lives by delivering transformative instructor-led experiences.

Since opening its doors over 60 years ago, the centre has welcomed over one million young people. The new facility aims to grow the amount and quality of accommodation to ensure a more stimulating and inspiring place for young people to learn.

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