2017 has been an incredible year for the progress of the Windermere Jetty project, with huge developments in the construction of the new buildings. Here we reflect on how far the project has come since January.
At the beginning of the year, Thomas Armstrong had worked through the winter to build up the walls of the café, learning space and reception, and construction of the roof decking on the reception building had just begun. Externally, the slipway structure had been formed and steel piles were driven into the lake bed as one of the first steps of construction of the jetties.
Now in December, the building structures are complete with roofing and reflective copper cladding in place. The internal fit out is over 50% complete in all buildings, with lighting and wooden cladding installed. The buildings are also connected to mains water and electricity. The window frames have all been fitted and the boarding to the internal wet dock doors is very nearly finished.
Moving outside, the jetties and slipways have come a long way since January. The working jetty and adjecent slipway are ready for the launch of the skillfully conserved boats.
As we cross over into 2018 we reach a significant marker in the story of the Museum. This is the year the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opens.