‘Mixed-use, urban regeneration that exploits the historic castle and canal to create a sense of place’
GT3 Architects have developed a high profile, mixed-use, urban-regeneration masterplan for a 20 acre site in Kendal (known locally as Canal Head). The scheme includes a wide range of uses but will be anchored in part by a large, food-based retail superstore.
The Canal Head area lies to the east of the town centre and has a distinctive grain and character all of its own. It has a rich history and heritage with a particularly strong connection with the Lancaster Canal and the associated engineering and manufacturing industries that evolved alongside it. The redevelopment of this site provides a unique opportunity to achieve a truly sustainable future for the Canal Head area and the town of Kendal. This will be achieved through the delivery of high quality and commercially successful mixed-use urban regeneration which will add to the facilities, image, economy and environment of the Lake District.
The masterplan will connect the town centre with Kendal Castle through the site along a new pedestrian route. When combined with the restoration of the canal, these two elements subdivide the site into 4 distinct zones each with a particular character of their own. Each zone has its own unique set of physical characteristics and role to play in delivering the overall vision for Canal Head.
The Canal Head development will include residential, leisure, office and other retail uses as well as a new office and factory headquarters for Gilkes and a new urban park for the town of Kendal.