Ceremony and stone-laying kicks off work on £3m Tower Wood accommodation block (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Ceremony and stone-laying kicks off work on £3m Tower Wood accommodation block
9:00am Sunday 17th March 2013 in News
THE first stone has been laid kicking off building work on the £3m accommodation block at Tower Wood.
At an official ceremony, Lancashire County Councillors, Susie Charles and Geoff Driver, helped lay the first stone of the outdoor education centre’s accommodation building, which will host thousands of young people each year.
Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, Tower Wood provides water-based and outdoor activities for children, young people and their families.
The new accommodation block means up to 60 visitors will be able to stay at the centre at any one time. Leader of Lancashire County Council,
Councillor Driver, said: "I'm pleased the construction of the new accommodation block is now well underway.
"One of our priorities is to give children and young people a better start in life and by giving them the chance to try out a whole range of activities, and Tower Wood certainly does this.
"The new building will offer much more overnight accommodation onsite, and will open up even more opportunities to young people and their families."
The centre will also provide facilities for children and young people with disabilities, as well as small suites for families.
Councillor Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, added: "Tower Wood makes a huge positive impression on the thousands of young people who use it every year.
"They get the chance to try a whole host of different activities and this is invaluable for helping them realise what they are capable of and helping develop new skills.
"The new accommodation block will blend in brilliantly with its picturesque surroundings while offering the very best facilities for families.
"There will also be superb facilities for children and young people with disabilities."
The new accommodation will bring in significant revenue from school usage, family breaks and weekend use.