25 July 2018
Quartzelec is completing M&E engineering project ahead of the opening of the new Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
Quartzelec is completing final delivery on all mechanical and electrical installation elements of the prestigious new £16.7m Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories which is due to re-open shortly and enthral the expected influx of visitors to the Lake District.
Construction on this world-class working museum commenced in late November 2015 and Quartzelec’s Manchester based contracting business secured the £1.4m M&E elements of this heritage project from main contractor Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd.
“This has been a fascinating, challenging and rewarding project from the outset,” stated Quartzelec’s Stephen Morrison. “Having competitively tendered for and secured the contract, one of the initial tasks in working alongside Thomas Armstrong was to develop and present the client with a number of further M&E engineering savings. Subtle changes to the specification and the schedule of works, coupled with competitive sourcing of materials enabled us to deliver additional value for the client. But it’s not just about delivering to a budget. Envisioning a quality solution that will stand the test of time and continue to meet the needs of generations to come was paramount and the design and quality implementation is evident throughout every aspect of the new museum.”
Quartzelec’s involvement included fitting out the sub main electrical distribution switch room, all the power and mechanical plant requirements plus the low energy lighting installation that complies with today’s rigorous build codes. The project also features external lighting around the site, features an integrated building management solution, along with fire alarm, CCTV and data systems. Quartzelec was also responsible for implementing all aspects of the heating and the cooling systems; the hot and cold water and the required sanitary ware; gas and utilities provision; ventilation; plus above ground drainage.
“As a local Cumbrian company we were proud to have been appointed by Lakeland Arts to construct the new Windermere Jetty,” added David Atkinson, Managing Director of Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd. “We worked with the client and their design team to develop the scheme and are delighted to have worked on this prestigious project.”
The project comprised seven new buildings, the main elements being a stand-alone working conservation workshop with staff welfare spaces that is isolated from the other buildings and a separate exhibition building that now house both the main and temporary exhibits. There is also a learning centre, a café with a full kitchen and the main entrance complex that includes the reception, gift shop, public WCs and link / ‘circulation’ spaces as well as both the mechanical plant and electrical switch rooms. The final element was a wet dock that includes a sheltered space to contain further exhibits.
The new and soon to re-open Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is located on the shore of the lake at Rayrigg Bay in Cumbria and tells the story of the vessels and people that built, used and worked in the area. The original Windermere Steamboat Museum opened in 1977 and planning approval for the all new, purpose built facility, designed by award winning architects Carmody Groarke, was confirmed in June 2013. Final project costs were £16.7m and in addition to contributions from many individual donors, trusts and foundations, £12.5m of Heritage Lottery Fund support was received with a further £1.75m from the Regional Grant Fund.
Other prestigious and conservation biased contracts recently delivered by Quartzelec include the £580k M&E element of a multi-million pound internal and external refurbishment programme for the Wilton’s Grand Music Hall in the heart of London’s East End; and implementing the final £700k element of an extensive refurbishment programme for the Grade II listed Carnegie Library and Art House in Wakefield. There has also been a £4.6m contract from main contractor Morgan Sindall plc, that covers four significant new framework schools projects located in Preston, Widnes, Birkenhead and Blacon Cheshire; a £3+m M&E design and installation contract for 135 bespoke ‘retirement’ homes for Wythenshawe Community Housing Group in South Manchester; a £1.1m new build contract for the West Yorkshire Archive Store; and a £1.3m project at Stafford Retail park and multi storey car park.