New pier at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre

New pier built in 2011

During 2011 we constructed a jetty on Windermere capable of landing the big ‘steamers’ operated by Windermere Lake Cruises. The innovative Seaflex mooring system meant the jetty was constructed with minimal impact on the environmentally sensitive lake bed. It also makes the jetty much more accessible for people in wheelchairs and families with pushchairs.

The whole project was made possible with funding from the Rural Development Programme for England.

It was opened on 22 June 2011 by:

  • Bill Jefferson, Chairman of the Lake District National Park Authority
  • Eddie Martin, Leader Cumbria County Council
  • Sir John Kerr, retired LDNPA member and former Chair of the Brockhole Redevelopment Programme Board.

Paying passengers first used the pier from 23 July 2011.

In November 2012 The Landscape Institute awarded the Brockhole Jetty landside works the prize for best design of a building under one hectare.

Photo gallery

Photo gallery of pier being built in 2011

Project Team

A number of organisations were involved.

  • Landside works were undertaken by Chris Brammall Ltd based in Ulverston
  • Bridge and floating pontoons by A and P Falmouth Ltd
  • Lake District National Park Field Teams constructed a stone wall using local blue grey stone kindly supplied by Burlington Stone.

Organisations involved

Halcrow Yolles : Halcrow delivers planning, design and management services for developing infrastructure and buildings worldwide. They contribute to the construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment, and the protection, enhancement and maintenance of the natural environment.

Innov8 Safety Solutions are committed to delivering realistic design and construction safety solutions that add value and benefit to their clients' projects. They bring a fresh and innovative new energy to Construction Design Management enabling clients to maximise the full value of CDM. They are committed to provide innovative solutions which are practical, efficient and cost effective.

Jetties and Moorings has been in operation for more than 25 years, originally for the purposes of building and repairing jetties, laying and maintenance of moorings on Windermere. As time has passed, their range of expertise has grown. They now cover the full range of services to do with water-orientated construction, from dredging and piling to boathouse construction, bridges and roofs.

Lakeland Marine Construction (LMC) is a civil engineering company and contractor that specialises in the building of jetty, slipways and boathouses and all other marine and water based civil engineering. LMC operates specialist plant and floating pontoons to enable efficient completion of projects. The company directors are chartered civil engineers and carry out design and build of projects.

Planit IE : As landscape architects and urban designers, they are dedicated to the creation of ‘place' often from the apparent start point of ‘space’ and not a great deal else. However, their work has taught them that look below the surface anywhere and you will find much more than simply space – there will always be a community, a narrative, an asset.

Turner and Townsend is one of the UK’s leading professional services providers to businesses that invest in, own and operate assets in the public and private sectors. Their 1,200 strong team helps organisations deliver maximum value from their assets.

With 13 offices across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, they support both public and private organisations, on the country’s biggest and most complex programmes and projects. Visit their UK case studies to find out more.

As well as helping organisations deliver and integrate new assets as quickly and efficiently as possible, they help set the asset strategies that support their corporate objectives. They also work with clients to create safe and comfortable environments which are inexpensive to maintain, sustainable and practical to conduct business from.

Supported by

Supported by the North West Development Agency

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