£2.9m facelift for popular outdoor pursuits centre

Youngsters celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Tower Wood.
Youngsters celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Tower Wood.
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Stunning new accommodation has opened at a Lancashire County Council outdoor education centre popular with schools across the district.

The eye-catching design of the £2.9m new building at Tower Wood, on the shores of Lake Windermere, has been tailored to meet the strict requirements of the picturesque site in the Lake District National Park.

The accommodation will allow up to 60 visitors to stay in 26 mainly twin-bedded rooms, some of which have been fully adapted to allow children and young people with disabilities and their families to make full use of Tower Wood’s exciting outdoor facilities.

Lancashire County Council’s chairman Kevin Ellard said: “Designing a new building for a world-class location such as this is a real challenge and I think the result is an inspiring combination of beauty and practicality, a tribute to the vision of both councillors and staff.

“I’m extremely proud that the accommodation will enable children and young people with disabilities to stay here in comfort, bringing their families if they wish, and to take part in challenging and exciting activities on equal terms with other groups.”