Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure has re-designed one of England’s top 10 tourist destinations in the heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site on behalf of Cumbria County Council.
Glebe Road and the adjacent lake shore at Bowness-on-Windermere, has been regenerated with a £2million makeover. The project was jointly funded by Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland District Council. Together with a smaller project in Grasmere, the objective was to enhance the visitor experience by ‘Optimising Connectivity’ at key tourist sites.
At the opening event on 20 October, Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council said: “The Glebe Road scheme has significantly enhanced this key lakeside destination, with public realm improvements to the foreshore area, enhanced footways and surfacing, and improved parking provision. The project has made a big difference to the Glebe Road area and will benefit both local residents and visitors. This scheme is part of the wider Optimising Connectivity project, which has also brought improvements on the A591 at Town End, Grasmere.”
A tight budget and stakeholder consultation played a big part in directing the designs. The tired, cluttered and unkempt appearance of Bowness bay has been replaced by sweeping, curved seating set into a low level retaining wall which follows the edge of the lake; contemporary herbaceous and grass planting and high quality paving in selected areas. Some features of local cultural heritage significance, including a drinking fountain and mature trees have been restored and retained.
The project is an excellent example of collaboration between clients and consultants. The team have worked really well to make the most of the funding and deliver a high quality, relaxing environment for the local people and tourists to enjoy.Jayne Garbutt Project Director, Capita
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