Architecture and Architectural Technology Student Work
Derby Property Summit 2016
A collaboration with Derby City Council (DCC) and Marketing Derby provided a great opportunity for our architectural students to showcase their creative design skills on a live assignment for their final year projects.
As a part of the DCC City Centre Masterplan 2030, Sadler Square and the Market Place were identified for redevelopment. Students were challenged to develop their own masterplan concepts to re-invent and establish the two areas, and to address the loss of identity, lack of activity and excessive vacant and derelict spaces. The students’ use of strategic thinking and an understanding of economic, environmental, social, sustainable and humanistic values enabled them to re-develop the urban fabric from macro to micro, culminating in a focused building design within their schemes. Their work was displayed at the Derby Property Summit 2016, at the iPro Stadium in Derby.
John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said the Derby Property Summit 2016 was a success with over 350 senior-level delegates from investor and developer sectors in attendance. “Your students’ work was of outstanding quality and a credit to the University of Derby”.
Anthony May - The key design generator behind this project was to reuse buildings which have the potential to be something more than they are at the current. The refurbishment strategy and change of use scheme reintroduces the building to the public, bringing back it iconic status which has been lost over time. The key sustainable principle carried through the project was for the building to be completely adaptable to suit a number of uses and events and therefore proofing its future.
Deniss Zeile - The E-Hub aims to bring new opportunities for talented professionals and benefit the people of Derby by providing an affordable, modern and collaborative work environment in a prime city centre location. “The idea is to create unique work environment by blending different types of workspaces and combining them with physical and mental restoration areas integrating beneficial and restorative effect of nature.” “I would be very happy if my project could be realised in some way. I strongly believe Derby needs innovative co-working space open for graduates and professionals which could be more than just standard and boring office units.’’ “The first letter of the brand 'E' stands for exchange, which is what this project is all about – to exchange ideas, emotions and experiences.”
Elza Cirule - Elza has been inspired by the existing St. Peter Hilton memorial gardens and Peak District to reflect the emotional scars of the past through the radical volume and envelope of the building design. This is a narrative that continues throughout the concept and is reflected further in the textures and form of the conferencing facilities as well as through the playful interpretation of internal volumes of the café bar area. Elza has delivered a project that provides the city with a landmark building that belongs to the people of the city. A space the community can enjoy and integrate with other cornerstones of the city; business, education, local council etc… It is a concept that breathes life into a neglected space and celebrates an emotional historic event through an intelligent and creative solution.
Emilia Whittet - Inspired by the continued cycle of development of the assembly rooms site reflected through the layers of time in the strata of the surrounding Derbyshire Peak District, Mia has taken an innovative approach that transforms the market place site through an integrated relationship between both landscape and built environment. A holistic biomorphic form finding process has led to a DNA that is obvious through the entirety of the building concept that feeds from cutting edge interior volumes of space through to the building envelope and into the surrounding landscape designed to breathe new life into an inner city area that is increasingly neglected by the community. Mia has opened up the site, creating new vistas that promote permeability that enhance not only the market square but the whole connectivity of the immediate surrounding area. Mia’s concept encourages movement through a new exciting dynamic environment that promotes integration of community with education and industry.
Kevin Meakin - Through application of critical regionalism Kevin reflects on the rugged skyline on the peak district through the use of modern concrete construction techniques, softening the inherent strengths of the structure through the use of reflections created with water and glass. Kevin seamlessly integrates cutting edge concrete technology with glass to create large open volumes of space beautifully dappled with ever changing shadows created by a circular raindrop brise soleil that reinforces both an intelligent understanding of materials and technology as well as a creative use of sustainable mechanisms to further impact on the aesthetic.
Matthew Hilton - ‘The Alchemist’, a painting by the Derby painter Joseph Wright formed the foundations for Matt’s inspiration in his project titled ‘the Cocoon’. His concept, a new art centre to showcase the works of Joseph Wright depicts the narrative of transformation through an intricate architectural form that demonstrates a mature understanding of building technology through an innovative and exciting design. The Cocoon represents Derby’s heritage in innovation and makes a world class architectural contribution to Derby’s skyline!