Location: Waterhead, Ambleside
Project Completion: April 2013
Project Value: £1.42 million
Photography: Youth Hostel Association
YHA Ambleside is located in the heart of the Lake District, sitting on the shore of Lake Windemere. The hostel was completely refurbished and underwent substantial structural alterations to reconfigure the ground floor. The public spaces were transformed and a new café bar with external terrace overlooking the lake was created. New floor to ceiling sliding doors open across the width of the seating area onto the terrace, letting the lake views into the building. The refurbishment has greatly improved the operation of the hostel and transformed a much underused facility into a buzzing environment with successful café bar which is enjoyed by the guests and public.