UWE Architecture Degree Show 2005

Issue date: 23 June 2005


Issue date: 23/06/05

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June

The annual University of the West of England Architecture Degree Show takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June at the award winning Architecture Design Studios on UWE’s Frenchay Campus. Work on show includes examples of student projects at all levels from BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning, Bachelor of Architecture and MA Urban Design.

There is particular emphasis on the work of graduating students. Final year architecture and planning students will exhibit their final year project work for the city of Wells including new facilities for the Cathedral. BArch projects include proposals for Redcliffe Wharf in Bristol and rethinking the suburbs of Cambridge.

The show is being opened for the private view by Jim Claydon from Terence O’Rourke Planners and Urban Designers on Friday 24 June. Jim is a visiting professor at UWE.

Richard Parnaby, Head of the School of Planning and Architecture, said, “Every year the fourth year project is based on a city or town and this year we chose Wells, a fantastic city from an urban design perspective. All students were given a choice of two briefs: designing a new restaurant, shop and music practice rooms for the cathedral, or a foyer and sustainable building centre. The students worked hard at sensitively introducing cutting edge design in a subtle way showing good awareness of the impact of for example adding to an 800 year old cathedral and inserting modern buildings in a historic town. Their designs are respectful but not overly deferential.”

Barney Bonner, 4th year Architecture & Planning, has followed the brief to design a visitor’s centre for Wells Cathedral

Barney describes how he has approached the work, “My design takes its basis from the philosophy of Gothic Cathedral architecture which was structurally honest and very inventive for its time. Cathedral architecture is joyous and lifts the spirit; it is an architecture that draws the eyes up to heaven. I wanted to create a clearly modern building that encapsulated these qualities within its architectural structure.

“I have used a variety of materials including Glulam timber, chosen for its strength, elegance and sustainability. Materials also define the difference between the ground and first floors to reflect and enhance their different purposes. The ground floor rooms use stone to reflect the stone cloisters in the Cathedral. This material works well as the rooms are used for choir practice and the stone is a good insulator. The first floor uses light materials adding a distinguishing feature between the public and private realms of the building.”

Barney is taking a year out to work before returning to UWE for the Part II Architecture course in September 2006. He is looking to secure a short term contract with an architecture firm in Bristol and in January has will go to India for six months to work with PK and PEU Das Architects where he will help with projects in New Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad.

Jonathan Allwood also selected the Cathedral Visitors Centre for his design

Jonathan said, “The challenge for me in designing new choir and shop facilities at Wells Cathedral was the insertion of a contemporary addition that was respectful to its extremely valuable historical surroundings. I aimed to achieve this by creating a building that is anchored to its site through the use of existing or traditional materials and an appropriate scale and mass, whilst expressing an aesthetic of clean lines and horizontality that contrasts with the ornate gothic Cathedral. This aesthetic was formed by using an architectural language of solid and void surfaces and volumes, giving the building continuity and identity.

“Having completed my four year architecture and planning degree at UWE I am applying for placement jobs at architectural practices in London. I hope to gain some valuable experience of working in the architectural profession before starting my part II training.”

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

Visuals of Barney Bonner and Jonathan Allwood available from the press office

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