Oak beams at the Footprint Centre copyright Paula Allen

Design Programme

Intelligent design

We want:

  • to open the National Park for great design - interior and exterior
  • our staff and members to have great discussions with people about any new development and its design
  • architects, designers and planning consultants to feel inspired by us and others to create the best in the Northwest, right here in the National Park

"We don't want design guidelines for the Lake District National Park. We want freedom of thinking. We want design intelligence."

Steve Ratcliffe, Director of Planning and Management at the Lake District National Park Authority

How?

The Design Programme, funded by ourselves and Northwest Development Agency, will help us get to this position. It brings together our staff, members, specialists from other organisations, architects and consultants.

Each event in the programme will create opportunities to learn new things, debate and discuss. There will be seminars, site visits in the National Park and across the country. To avoid duplication with other things going on we link to other activities taking place in the region or nationally with a design theme.

Events

As part of its vision for design excellence, The Lake District National Park arranges talks and visits to explore design ideas, to inspire, and to encourage innovation.

These events are open to anyone interested in achieving excellence in design. 

Past events

2009

Art in the Park, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton near Wakefield
14 October 2009

Food for Thought - forthcoming sessions:

Monday 12 October – 12.30 -1.15 pm
Exemplary Design in Sustainable Transport – how far are we prepared to go? – Bob O’Neil, O’Neil and Petrie Architects in LDNPA Boardroom, Murley Moss, Kendal

Monday 16 November – 12.30-1.15pm
Talk in LDNPA Boardroom, Murley Moss, Kendal

Monday 14 December – 12.30-1.15pm
Talk in LDNPA Boardroom, Murley Moss, Kendal

2010

Monday 18 January 2010 – 12.30-1.15pm
Talk in LDNPA Boardroom, Murley Moss, Kendal

Thursday 21 January 2010 - from 6.30pm
The 'I' Word Dinner Debate - at the Merewood Country Hotel, Windermere
Is the use of the word ‘iconic’ legitimate in describing the architectural aspirations of the Lake District National Park? Two leading national architects will speak for and against this motion.

Monday 15 February 2010 – 12.30-1.15pm
in LDNPA Boardroom, Murley Moss, Kendal

Monday 15 March 2010 – 12.30-1.15pm
Contemporary Design in a Historic Setting - Geoff Alsop – BFAW

Claife Room at Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole

23 and 24 November
Windermere Waterfront Design Review Panel

23 and 24 November
The 'I' Word evening dinner debate at the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere
The use of the word ‘iconic’ is legitimate in describing the architectural aspirations of the Lake District National Park. Two leading national architects will speak for and against this motion.

2012

28 September
Restoration of Lowther Castle and Gardens

12 October: Achievable sustainability talk
Sarah Wigglesworth, director of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, will talk about sustainability and her work, including Sandal Magna School, Wakefield, RIBA Northern Gold Award winner 2011.

3 December: New interventions in historic buildings and in historic landscape settings talk
Eric Parry, director of the award-wining practice Eric Parry and Partners, will show, with examples such as the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, how good modern architecture is absolutely appropriate for new interventions in historic buildings.

2013

8 March 2013: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
A visit to the award winning floating visitor centre with a talk by the architect Adam Khan.

26 April 2013: Seminar: Landscape: What's in a word?
A seminar exploring what we mean when we talk about 'the Lake District landscape' and the role of design in its future.

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