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The project involved the upgrading and extension of the existing car park at Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere in The Lake District.

CLIENT: Lake District National Park Authority    VALUE: £358,000     COMPLETION: March 2018    

DURATION: 14 weeks    CONTRACT: JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2016


  • Re-profiling and re-grading of the existing car park which was in an extremely poor and wet condition in parts.
  • As this site is very popular with visitors to the National Park a set number of parking spaces had to be made available at various times during the construction period and clear circulation routes maintained.
  • Construction and public areas were constantly changing to achieve continuous and uninterrupted work.
  • CBR testing to determine capping thicknesses as these had been assumed by the client / client’s engineers.
  • Working below a very popular live high-level adventure area operated by Treetop Trek’s.
  • Installation of root protection system above existing mature tree stock. Protection of which was a high priority for the planning authority.
  • Mixture of porous and non-porous tarmac finish. Porous installed over existing tree root areas to maintain hydration levels.
  • Installation of differing coloured aggregate finish to delineate between parking and circulation areas.  
  • Installation of natural slate footpaths.
  • Extensive landscaping works to supplement the existing and replace trees that had been removed for the development of the site.


  • The landscaping element of the project was an extremely high priority for the client and their landscape designer. To maintain flexibility for the client we allowed direct communication between our sub-contractor and designer, whilst maintaining overall control. This worked well and produced an outstanding landscaping scheme.  
  • This is a high profile site and there are many interested parties using it. We had to produce weekly updates and plans detailing the following weeks work areas, circulation routes and parking areas. This was distributed to all users through our client.
  • The general public will always try and park in areas which are clearly construction areas. So, during busy material delivery periods, especially stone and tarmac our site entrance had to manually maintained by an operative to avoid any unnecessary accidents.


  • An accident free busy live site
  • Completion ahead of programme to allow full public use at Easter
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