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Research + Design were appointed by the Friends of Devonport Park to design a bandstand for the park. We worked in collaboration with students at the Plymouth College of Art to explore designs to reinstate the original bandstand and as well new contemporary designs.
Our studies culminated in a public consultation event in which the users of the park voted for their favorite design. The traditional design won the day.
We identified three qualities in the design and construction of the original bandstand : craft, connection to the trees and landscape, and civic character. Craft is expressed through the stone masonry and cast iron work. Connection to the landscape and park is expressed through the decorative elements and proportions of the construction. Civic character is expressed through the quality of materials that will age well and the way the building touches the sky.