YMCA Lakeside The Stoller Campus
Adding a host of superb new facilities for young people, a new outdoor education centre to be known as the Stoller Campus, South, has just opened at the YMCA’s Lakeside camp in Newby Bridge, Lakeside, Ulverston.
Main contractor for construction of the new building was Conlon Construction.
The new two-storey eco-friendly building, with stunning views over Lake Windermere, is designed especially for school and youth groups and marks the first stage of the YMCA’s longer-term plans for Lakeside.
The building, designed in a cruciform shape, includes eight separate wings (four on each of the two floors) with separate male and female sleeping quarters, and can easily accommodate more than one school at a time. There is also a reception area and a dining room with picture window and stunning views over the lake.
The centre incorporates 260 beds divided into six-bedded en suite rooms, with a teachers or supervisors en suite room at the end of every wing. Each wing also includes a multi-use group room for meetings, socialising or presentations.
In addition, schools will benefit from improved safeguarding, wet and dry entrances and a climbing wall.
The building is structured around a steel frame with blockwork elevations clad in cedar shingles with additional slate features, and a Sedum roof.
Eco-friendly features include a heat recovery unit and high levels of insulation.
External facilities include a new hard play area with bunding around the periphery, a basketball court and a grassed area, which can also be used for camping.
Steve Scott, Senior Manager at YMCA Lakeside said: “The new building was constructed on the former site of a dining facility which had become very dated.
“The design of the building was quite strictly defined by the planning authority due to its location, with special emphasis on the building blending harmoniously with the environment, minimising the visual impact on Lake Windermere.
“An unusual feature of the centre is the group rooms on each wing – which is relatively rare for this kind of facility.
“The main contractors did a good job, and the new centre is proving popular with bookings already coming in for the New Year. I think that it will do everything we want it to do – and a bit more besides – and will put us in a new market place regarding more corporate clients such as graduates and apprentices.”
Tony Ball, YMCA Programme Operations Manager said: “This is just the start of the improvements planned for Lakeside.
“We’re also working towards a 10-year plan that will see our North Camp completely re-developed for our business and family visitors. In the meantime, we’ll be refurbishing and upgrading our existing North Camp facilities and bedrooms.”