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The Epi Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria: a commercial retail development project

The brief:

To create a 21st century retail development out of an old café in the centre of Ambleside, working to plans drawn up by ADL Architects of Windermere.

Team on site:

FMb Award logoThis challenging project required every aspect of our building skills, especially given the incredibly limited access due to the building location. All trades worked together closely to achieve a project that came in on time and on budget in spite of the challenges. From general builders and stone masons to plumbers and electricians, plasterers and joiners, everyone played a really important role in achieving an award-winning result.

Work carried out:

Most of the original structure was demolished and then extended back to the road behind. The original façade had to be retained while the rear of the property became a modern, eco-friendly addition. The rear aspect was designed and built to complement the original building and also to be energy efficient. Awards:

The development was judged to be the best commercial project in the northwest in 2010 and also received an award from Ambleside Civic Trust.

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  • The Epicentre, commercial development

    The work to transform an old café in the centre of Ambleside into a state of the art retail outlet involved major construction work, in a very restrictive site, but it was completed on time and on budget and exceeded our expectations. The accolade for Best Commercial Project in the North West was richly deserved by T.H.I Ltd.
    Corrie Taylor, Chairman & MD Bradshaw Taylor Ltd.

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