Western Red Cedar Shakes Form Integral Part Of YMCA Lakeside Build

Client Location
Conlon Construction Ltd Windermere
Western Red Cedar Premium Hand-Split Shakes / Silva Select PVG Tongue & Groove Cladding
Client Location Product
Conlon Construction Ltd Windermere Western Red Cedar Premium Hand-Split Shakes / Silva Select PVG Tongue & Groove Cladding

Situated on the south shores of Lake Windermere is the YMCA National Centre. Set in 400 acres of private woodland, Lakeside YMCA is one of the largest and most established outdoor education centres in the United Kingdom.

This £6.8m state-of-the-art school and youth centre opened its doors in August 2019 following a 7 year re-development project. The building was designed to incorporate materials that would blend seamlessly with its leafy surroundings. A combination of Western Red Cedar shakes and cladding seemed the obvious choice.

For the top half of the Stoller Campus Building Silva’s Western Red Cedar Handsplit Shakes were selected. Opting for hand-split shakes over those with a simple sawn finish enhanced the rustic charm of the building, providing a distinctive look and a touch of individuality.

For the lower section of the building, Lakeside YMCA opted for the dimensionally stable Silva Select Western Red Cedar Tongue & Groove cladding. The stunning vertical grain of the cedar cladding, combined with its exceptional durability, make it the perfect choice for the damp conditions of the Lake District.

The result is an impressive building clad with environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced western red cedar which will stand the test of time for many years to come.

Lakeside YMCA centre now houses over 250 beds and offers nearly 50 land and water-based activities. Working with schools, colleges, youth and corporate groups from all over Europe, Lakeside YMCA offers activities such as kayaking, archery, caving and fell walking to name but a few!

Project: Lakeside YMCA