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Memorial Garden Design Contest
Architecture students have had their designs short-listed for the Place of Memory, a memorial garden to commemorate all the deceased staff and students of the University of Portsmouth.
The brief was to explore ideas for what a memorial place for the 21st century might be like. The budget for the project is £10,000 and the winning entry may be built as per the submitted design or used as the basis for a future development project.
The designs by Tim Millard, Niall Bird (above) and a joint entry from Khalid Saleh and Sam Johnston can be seen on the First Floor of the University Library. Costings will now be applied to the short-listed designs before a final decision is made.
Earlier this year Niall won a national award and £1,000 prize money for his plans to regenerate Portsmouth’s Hilsea Lido.
Niall said he has been interested in historic buildings for as long as he can remember and when his friends were drawing Superman or cars he preferred to draw churches and other historic buildings.
He submitted his drawings of a proposed regeneration of the 1930s site to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and was announced as the winner of the Philip Webb Award last night.
He is the fourth Portsmouth student to win the award.
Niall said: “My eventual aim is to specialise in historic building conservation so winning this award means an awful lot personally and professionally and also provides recognition in what is sometimes a difficult area of architecture to get involved in. Hopefully, in the long term, it will provide a stepping-stone in my career.”
Niall’s plans for the Hilsea Lido site conserved the original buildings and included new buildings for a range of community-based activities including outdoor activities, the arts, yoga and dance, meeting spaces for local groups and a café.
But his winning designs might not actually be built at the open air swimming pool site.
He said: “The project is technically a ‘live’ one with real clients. All the diploma one students came up with designs for the site and the volunteer group who run the site will review them on February 15. If they see something they like then they could approach that student to take it further – you never know, but it’s not a given that it will get built.”
Niall is in the first year of a two-year post-graduate architecture diploma course. He graduated from Portsmouth with first class honours degree in 2008 and won the School of Architecture’s Dibden Prize for his final year assignment before taking a year out working in an architectural practice in Bristol.
He said: “I have always been interested in architecture. When I was very young I would draw pictures of old houses and cathedrals rather than cars and superheroes. I was probably inspired by growing up in the Cotswold’s surrounded by villages and towns full of beautiful, historic buildings and also from singing in church choirs from an early age.
“I am really passionate about all historic buildings and how they can be regenerated through the addition of sensitive, contemporary architecture and new uses.”
Niall’s studio tutors are Greg Bailey, Mary Weguelin and Dr Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira. Other Portsmouth School of Architecture students to have won the award are Chris Draper, joint first prize winner in 2000, and Christopher Jones and Martin Coles who jointly won in 1995.
Philip Webb and William Morris were the main founders of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1877. From the start Webb devoted time to teaching young architects the principles and methods of practical conservation.
The award aims to encourage new design in the context of historic buildings from any era and to develop an appreciation of old buildings among architectural students. Entrants were asked to re-vitalise a building or group of buildings of historic interest which are decaying or neglected
University of Portsmouth Architecture Talk
15 Apr 2010
Talk by Andrew Phillips, David Chipperfield Architects Thu 15 April, 6-8pm.
Includes drinks reception after the lecture.
Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, PO1 3AH
Andrew Phillips has 15 years experience working in the UK, Spain and US. He joined the practice in 1998, becoming an Associate Director in 2000 and Director in 2006. Andrew has been Director-in-charge of the America’s Cup Building in Valencia and the City of Justice in Barcelona. Since 2004, he has headed the Concept Design Team within the London office. He is also Director-in-charge of the CAT master plan in Segovia, Spain.
Location:University of Portsmouth, UK