The University of Derby’s collaboration with Derby City Council and Marketing Derby provided an opportunity for the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design students to showcase their creative design skills on a real world live project. As a part of the DCC City Centre Masterplan 2030, Sadler Square and the Market Place are two city centre areas identified for redevelopment, both requiring fundamental transformation. Loss of identity, lack of activity and excessive vacant and derelict space are just a few of the challenges the students face in their final year projects to develop their own masterplan concepts.
Using their architectural skill set the students analyse the client brief intent on changing the habitats of the future to positively affect these urban areas, proposing their own imaginative vision for a city master plan that re-invents and establishes Sadler Square, the Market Place and interstitial spaces as the heart of the city centre. The student’s use strategic thinking and an understanding of economic, environmental, social, sustainable and humanistic values to re-develop the urban fabric from macro to micro, culminating in a focused building design within their scheme. The variety of concepts produced; from biomorphic styles to sympathetic architectural solutions demonstrate the emphasis placed on developing student’s individuality.