The museum, which displays boats used on England’s largest lake, will open to the public this weekend

A new museum dedicated to showcasing the boats that have been used on Lake Windermere in the Lake District opens its doors this weekend.

Built by Cumbria contractor Thomas Armstrong, the £20m scheme has been designed for local charity Lakeland Arts by Carmody Groarke.

More than 40 boats that have graced England’s largest lake will be on display in the main gallery including Victorian steamers and 1980s speedboats.

It also features a conservation workshop, café and education centre. It will include a jetty allowing cruise ships which use the lake to make a stop at the museum.

Others to work on the deal include structural and building services engineer Arup.

When it was appointed back in 2011 Carmody Groarke beat a shortlist made up of seven other firms to win the competition.

Beaten firms included Adam Khan, Niall McLaughlin, Reiach and Hall and 2013 Stirling prize winner Witherford Watson Mann Architects.