Issue date: 21 June 2004

ISSUE DATE: 21/06/04
25, 26 and 27 June 2004 ‘New Studios Building’ Frenchay Campus

Final year project work by Architecture and Planning students at the University of the West of England will be featured at the Summer Exhibition 2004 in the New Studios Building in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UWE’s Frenchay Campus on 25, 26 and 27 June 2004. The exhibition includes work from students on the following courses; BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning, BSc (Hons) Architecture Technology and Design, Bachelor/MA Architecture and MA Urban Design.

The exhibition will be opened at 4pm on Friday 25 June by Richard Saxon CBE, RIBA Vice-President of Practice and Director of the Building Design Partnership.

Matthew Hynam carried out his final year project in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. As well as conducting an extensive urban design study, examining how the Historic Dockyard could be regenerated, he has designed a new ship hall to exhibit the Mary Rose.

Matthew explains, “The docks within the dockyard are some of the oldest in the world. My design proposes to regenerate these docks aiming to give these beautifully engineered structures equal status to the ships, such as Mary Rose and HMS Victory, which are housed in them. The new museum for the Mary Rose takes up three dry docks, which contain a museum, dedicated to the Tudor Navy, a ship hall for the Mary Rose and a marine archaeological museum and dive tank. Currently the Mary Rose can only be viewed from behind steamed up glass, which makes viewing the detail of the ship quite difficult. The new ship hall, which is to be constructed when the Mary Rose has been fully dried out, resembles an upturned ships hull with cathedral-like dimensions and allows the ship to be viewed from many angles.”

Tamsin Landells looked at redeveloping the area to the North of Taunton which is currently a run down, undeveloped area needing a boost.

Tamsin said, “A lot of regeneration work has already happened in the South of Taunton where there is a concentration of retail developments. I looked at an area around the old cattle market which has been disused for a few years. My project proposes an Arts Quarter with a mixture of housing, work units, an archival centre, Somerset Library, dark rooms, recording studios, bars and cafes overlooking a green space. The building development is timber framed using glulam beams and columns with green oak cladding. The units are prefabricated for precision and ease of construction which has the added advantage of making the buildings flexible and easy to maintain.”

Florence Wong has also based her project on Taunton. She has devised a plan that includes moving the current bus station to a new site to create a new cultural quarter. The bus station is currently positioned between two attractive green areas and the idea links the green areas with a development based on Dublin’s ‘Temple Bar’ area.

Florence said, “Taunton needs a cultural centre and my plan features a Heritage Centre inspired by the Delft University Library. Special design elements include a turf roof which is held up by means of circular steel cages. The idea for the steel cage structure was taken from the Sendai Mediatheque in Japan by architects Toyo Ito. The steel cages allow light to enter the building, act as ventilation shafts and provide the strength needed to support the weight of the turf roof. The Green roof links the two green areas and provides a much needed expanded green area in this part of the city.”


Editors notes:

The exhibition opening times are Friday 25 June between 3.30pm and 6.30pm, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June between 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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