Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Lake District
We are appointed as civil and structural engineers for an ambitious project in Grasmere, the Lake District. In advance to William Wordsworth’s 250th Birthday in 2020, the project, Reimagining Wordsworth, is transforming the Wordsworth Estate which is made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Working closely with Purcell Architects and Max Fordham, our focus will be on finding creative ways to guide the redevelopment of the Estate and establish how to get the best value from its building stock. To invigorate the estate, the museum rich of William Wordsworth exhibits is gaining a increase in floor area. To facilitate this process, existing underground drainage infrastructure will be diverted around the extension and new load bearing stone and mortar structure. Existing structures such as the shop and town end terrace will be converted into the new café which involves filling in voids and creating new penetrations in the existing floor and wall structures. We have also advised on coach carpark layouts and provided resurfacing advice for the existing surface.
Reimagining Wordsworth is currently in development phase, having been awarded a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund in February 2016. Pending a successful fundraising campaign and a second-round approval from the HLF, work on the scheme started in Spring 2018 and is almost complete.