The Bendrigg Trust provide courses and activities for disabled and disadvantaged young people. They wanted to construct a new building on their remote site located in the hills between Sedbergh and Kendal.
The Kinross Building provides a whole host of indoor facilities (such as a climbing wall, sensory room, caving experience area and a multi-purpose space), which allow the centre to continue with its activities throughout the year, whatever the weather.
Harrison Pitt Architects are now working on the next stage of implementing a £1.5m improvement programme to help it enhance provision for disabled and disadvantaged people. It will see the creation of a new fully wheelchair-accessible residential unit, named Acorn House, to replace an outdated facility at the site.
There are also plans to extend the existing resource centre and create a new outdoor activities space featuring a fully wheelchair-accessible activities tower complete with a tree house, tree-top walkway, climbing wall and zip wire. The walkway structure will link the activity space with the residential areas of the site, removing the need for wheelchair users and carers to navigate the steep undulating ground. This will also free up space to create additional car parking areas, improved access and better landscaping at the entrance to the site.
Following a long-running fundraising drive, Bendrigg Trust secured enough money to take this latest project forward and work is now underway on site.