Architecture designs exhibition

Architecture designs exhibition

Local residents will have a chance to view some cutting edge planning ideas for the Weymouth and Portland area when university students exhibit their plans early next month.

As part of their degree assessment, 4th year Bath University Architecture students are given a real site to research and a design brief to meet local need. Quite often these aspiring designers come up with solutions that could offer real benefits to the local community. Last year's site was the area lying between Weymouth and Portland and students came up with plans that were both  thought provoking and wide ranging in their approach to local requirements.  Usually the residents and council of the chosen site have no idea that their locality is a focus for the final year students. But, this year, Weymouth is lucky that the student work will be on display for residents and local planners to view.

Sara Adams, Principal , said, "A number of our students go on to study at Bath University, and we are very happy to host this exhibition of work. Not only is it of interest to local residents but it is also an inspiration to any local students with an interest in Art and Design and we hope that they will take this opportunity to come along and learn how they might extend their current studies".

Martin Gledhill, Director of Studies at Bath University, said, " I am grateful to Wey Valley School for giving the local community the chance to view so many wonderful ideas for Weymouth and Portland. The students were asked to include in their projects a grandstand and pier for watching sailing events as well as a ‘museum of the sea’. In many cases this brief was challenged and, as a result, the designs include boat workshops, nature reserves and exhibitions of the various shipwrecks in the area. The winning scheme proposed a large ‘carved’ block in the sea accessed by ferries. On the outside of the block is a series of ledges designed to host a variety of sea birds. Other schemes provided viewing towers that looked across the coastline. All in all the students were enchanted by the Isle of Portland and we hope you will feel similarly about their designs."

The exhibition will be at Wey Valley School on Saturday 5th November 10.30am - 3.30pm.
Should any local students like the opportunity to view the exhibition on Friday 4th November and to speak to Mr Gledhill please email DayD@weyvalley.dorset.sch.uk.