Lawson Park recently underwent a complete refurbishment to create 4 artists live/work spaces and a warden's cottage, with building work finishing circa May 2009.
In 1999, new director Adam Sutherland arrived in post to find the organisation of Grizedale Arts based within the Forestry Commission's Grizedale Forest Centre, whilst artists lived at Summerhill, a 'Bed & Breakfast' style house at Hawkshead Hill, some 20 minutes drive away. Workshop and studio space - by now rather tired - was provided at the Centre, reflecting the historic link with the Forest as a primary site for the artists' output.
Sutherland Hussey Architects (SHA) first encountered Grizedale Arts (GA) informally, as architect Charlie Sutherland is the brother of GA director Adam. They had previously worked together in 1996/7 on the refurbishment of the gallery 'art.tm' in Inverness, Scotland.