Centre Looks For Year-Round Lake Hostel
The search is on to find a hostel provider and catering operator to team up in a unique project to redevelop part of Brockhole, the Lake District visitor centre on the shores of Windermere.
An on-line tendering process hopes to find partners who will work with the National Park Authority to provide year-round good value accommodation and catering facilities which will reflect the venue's new “adventure centre” image.
Brockhole has changed beyond all expectations in the last couple of years. TreeTop Trek which is a high ropes adventure course and Predator Park, a native wild animal handling experience opened in June. This followed on from last year's success of a new jetty operated by Windermere Lake Cruises, water-sports an indoor play area, new exhibitions and refurbished café and shop.
“The decision to go out to the market for hostel provision at Brockhole has been something we have been considering for a while' said Adam Thomas, Brockhole's Redevelopment Director.
“A hostel provision fits perfectly with the other adventure activities on site and will help create an all year round market for groups and families..”
Over the last three months, the LDNPA has been working towards the completion of a site masterplan for Brockhole, which will form a blueprint for the site for the future. The hostel is the first of these new ideas to be tested.
“We are looking for a hostel provider and catering operation to team together to put forward their proposals, it will be exciting to see what the market has to offer,” Adam added.
More information about the tender can be found on www.the-chest.org.uk – the North West's Procurement Portal. Additional information about the proposed future of Brockhole can be seen at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/brockholedev