Artist’s impression of the new Lakeside schools facility.

Seven years of hopes, dreams and hard work have reached fruition as the big build on the new Schools facility gets underway at YMCA Lakeside in Newby Bridge.

It’s business as usual at Lakeside North Camp and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of guests in coming months. Building work is in the south side of the centre, so whilst visitors are all advised to use the North Camp entrance, the work will not cause disruption or disturbance to visitors.

Work on the impressive new £6.8m project is forging ahead albeit screened from view from North Camp by extensive tree cover.

Lakeside has welcomed over 1 million young people since opening its doors over 60 years ago. The completion of the new schools facility means we will be able to grow the amount and quality of accommodation ensuring a more stimulating and inspiring place to learn.

Cassidy & Ashton from Preston have been appointed to act as the lead consultant overseeing the final design and building phase. Working with quantity surveyors Thornber & Walker, services consultants Beech Jackson Partnership, structuring & civil consultant Curtins Consulting Ltd & Conlon Construction, the team will ensure that the project is successfully completed by the end of May 2019.

Alistair Baines Chairman of Cassidy & Ashton commented ‘We are delighted to be involved in this very exciting project in what can only be described as a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Windermere at the heart of the National Park. We fully appreciate the importance of this project to the YMCA going forward and are proud to be involved in helping to deliver a significant development of the Lakeside centre that will undoubtedly provide long term, sustainable facilities for the Trust.’

John Cronin CEO of YMCA Fylde Coast stated ‘We have worked hard to get to this stage of the project. I’d like to thank everybody involved – from the tireless fundraisers to all our incredibly loyal supporters who have ensured we can actually build this amazing new facility. This will impact on the lives of 10,000 young people every year.”

Having raised over 90% of the £6.8m needed to create the new facility, it is hoped that ongoing fundraisers will provide the final portion of build funding.

As a charity YMCA are well versed in creative funding. The sheer scale of this project is testament to that. Interested local supporters should watch this space for the next big drive as YMCA seek out sponsors for beds for the state of the art new accommodation.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved: www.supportlakeside.org.uk