On Friday 9 September, the staff at Windermere Jetty were excited to be able to offer 140 people a rare opportunity.
This month we have reached a significant milestone in the project and have now erected all six building structures that will form the new Windermere Jetty. The final foundations for the learning centre and reception were poured and once ready the steel frames were quickly erected making a full complement of buildings. The next step is to weld the frames which will then allow the superstructure to begin.
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.