Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Both jetties at one of Lancashire County Council's outdoor education centres are set to be replaced, following an application for planning permission being approved.
The plans, approved today (Tuesday 9 January 2018) by the Lake District National Park Planning Authority, will allow the existing deteriorated timber construction jetties at Tower Wood Outdoor Education Centre, on the shores of Lake Windermere, to be replaced with anchored pontoons. These will rise and fall as the depth of the lake changes over time.
Tower Wood provides outdoor adventure facilities for schools, youth groups, corporate groups, adults and families. The new jetties will enable water-based activities such as barrel-rafting, canoeing and sailing to continue to be offered at the centre.
Work costing £220,000 to replace the jetties will begin in May and take around two months to complete.
The current jetties are made from timber and are a fixed height. The decks and approaches from the quay side are stepped, meaning that the jetties can't be used when the water level is high.
The replacement jetties, made of hard-wearing polyethylene, will be of a pontoon design and will float on the water, enabling greater use of the facilities.
Ramps connecting the jetties to the shore are designed to change angle with the rise and fall of the water level.
To assist people with mobility problems, hoists will continue to be used to transfer visitors to and from the boats. To help with this, the replacement jetties will be fully level and will be able to be accessed by a ramp. Wheelchair access will be enabled as far as possible.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: "We're really proud of Tower Wood, and the quality of facilities that we provide must remain high.
"The new jetties are an important part of this thriving education and outdoor campus, allowing all visitors to experience a number of water-based activities.
"It is important that we replace the jetties, so that we can continue to provide an exciting programme of activities.
"We've made sure that the design is tailored to meet the strict requirements of this picturesque location in the Lake District National Park. The jetties will also be replaced with a more durable product, which means that we won't need to repair or replace them as often."
Replacing the jetties is also important to maintain the standard and quality at the outdoor centre, following the work completed on Windermere Lodge to increase and upgrade accommodation facilities.
This new building won a prestigious national Small Project category in the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES) Civic Building of the Year competition in 2015.