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Client: Lake District National Park,

Location: Cumbria

Owned and operated by the Lake District National Park, Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre - sits on the shores of Englands longest lake – Windermere.

The brief to Chris Brammall was to design and build a concept by Planit-ie to create a landing space for a new public jetty, incorporating a shelter/canopy and ticket booth (with services), railings and seating. This work was commissioned in 2010 as a key part of a travel plan to attract more visitors to Brockhole by sustainable means.

As main contractor, Chris Brammall was responsible for the design and build from groundworks to installation of the final structure. Due to the location of the landing space amongst ancient woodland, the project presented numerous challenges and was built with minimal disruption to the environment to the extent that the whole structure makes contact with the ground in only 19 places, avoiding root disturbance.

Materials used include steel and oak. Our work sits alongside pathways and traditional stonewalling to provide a landscape-sensitive area for passengers to disembark onto, or to enjoy the view from whilst waiting for their ferry.

The project was officially opened to the public in 2011 and went on to be crowned Winner in the 2012 Landscape Institute Awards for individuals and organisations whose vision leads the way in creating innovative and dynamic landscape. HM The Queen visited Brockhole and the new jetty in July 2013. http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/policies/brockholedev/devpier

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What people say?

Chris and his team have worked with us on a number of projects in the Lake District National Park. His design and high quality work will leave a long lasting legacy in the Lake District. We have an excellent working relationship and find Chris and his team friendly, efficient and open to our ideas and suggestions.

District Ranger, Lake District National Park

What people say?

We have worked with Chris and his team for many years now and they have completed some of our most complicated sculpture projects, with the utmost professionalism and care. Our relationship with CB Arts is more than client/supplier, we see Chris and his team as our partners who we trust. Chris Brammall is an artist in his own right and it is this element that makes his manufacture offer special to us, he understands form, scale, aesthetics and how materials will work in the public realm and this is invaluable.

Stephen Broadbent, Broadbent Studio

What people say?

We are so delighted with our two major pieces of work from Chris - a Spitfire Sculpture and our staircase. Chris listened to our requirements and gave us designs which exceeded our expectations. The Spitfire is the first thing you see on arrival at DCS Group and it is simply awesome. Then in reception visitors experience his amazing staircase as they make their way to our meeting rooms. All in all - he has created superb work and we are delighted. We would definitely use Chris again.

Denys C. Shortt OBE, DCS Group UK

What people say?

We are so pleased with the metalwork installations CB Arts have created and installed at Whitby, the house looks absolutely wonderful, as do the barriers. The installation team were great and everything went smoothly. It has been a pleasure to work with Chris and the team.

Ruth Haycock, Interpretation Manager North, English Heritage
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