Lakeland’s Windermere store is very much the flagship of their retail operations, as well as being home to their head offices and customer service teams as well as warehousing and some distribution.
Sitting close to Windermere train station, the building provides a large retail sales area in a tall and light-filled space at ground floor with a restaurant-quality cafe at first floor.
Awarded a Civic Trust Award in 2007, the jury report described the project as “an attractive and successful project which combines exciting and contemporary design with the building’s location in the historic and rural setting of the Lake District.”
“The large semi-circular frontage makes a strong visual statement in glass, metal, marble and Lakeland stone, which welcomes and draws in the visitor. The curved sedum covered roof helps it to blend into the landscape and reflects the surrounding mountains and hills.
“Access has been a consideration throughout the design. This building sets a standard for contemporary intervention in a highly sensitive landscape.”
The 2010 edition of the Pevsner Architectural Guide: The Buildings of England described the building as “one of the best modern buildings in Cumbria.”