Steamboat Museum designs

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Posted by Rob Boden on November 03, 2011 at 09:27:14 user humyar.

I've just got in from visiting the exhibition of the eight designs for the new Steamboat Museum. I was going to take photographs, but in talking to one of the people there, it transpires that each design team has sent in four photos which will be placed on the Steamboat Museum's website tomorrow at midday (roughly) - see Steamboat Museum

In the meantime, design E turned out to use the existing footprint for the wet dock but extending this towards the road into the old car park area for the dry dock/museum area, making a large, low footprint. The cafe was on the side set back from the lake.

I've got notes about the designs if questions come up after the photos appear on the site. There were cards there for people to write their comments, but I think if you emailed they would consider it.

Some of the general issues that came out were: the use of the field south of the car park for car parking and in a couple of cases for a new entrance (use of this field is controversial amongst local people); some of the designs involved several separate sheds or apexed roofs - up to 11!; some were single storey others were two, with the cafe and/or museum above the wet dock; some emphasised the wider educational rsources being created; some didn't seem to have a slipway included; one or two featured the cafe perhaps too prominently over the lake and in a modernistic style.

I lodged the Arthur Ransome interest but a couple of designs had picked this up. In one especially the little model boat pond area to the north was used for the cafe but instead they created a new one - in the shape of the lake in the frontispieces! I'd like this feature whoever wins.

I do wonder if we should be pitching for a permanent AR exhibition here - Lakeland Arts Trust have all the stuff at the Museum of Lakeland Life in Kendal, the steamboat museum used to house Cochy and Amazon, Swallow from the film would be very willing to make guest appearances... there's lots of space for e.g. a replica Swallow campsite or a charcoal burnere's wigwam etc etc.


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