The Architecture Centre sets up Weston Design Forum, supporting a new vision for Weston-super-Mare.
The Architecture Centre
Mon 3 Dec 2018
18:00 - 19:30
Perhaps historically the most challenging to regenerate, many coastal towns are finding a new direction, which could provide a model for C21 urban living. Academy of Urbanism host this timely discussion as coastal developments of the South West see exciting future investment.
Weston super Mare: Rachel Lewis, Development and Regeneration Programme Manager at North Somerset Council
Penzance: Keith Bell, Local architect involved in PZ Neighbourhood Plan
Rachel Lewis – is the lead officer for the town centre regeneration programme in Weston-super-Mare. This is a multi-disciplinary programme of urban development and renewal, seeking to increase the vibrancy of the town centre, attracting a greater and more diverse population to live in, learn at and enjoy the lifestyle the town has to offer. Key projects currently include major new quality residential developments, the leisure development at Dolphin Square, significant public realm works to create better pedestrian and cycling links and new public spaces, the Stable co-working hub, revitalisation of the Sovereign Shopping Centre and a variety of cultural initiatives. Rachel has a background in project management having, amongst other things, lead and managed the delivery of the £30m Weston-super-Mare Seafront Enhancements project.
Keith Bell – A Chartered Architect who takes a “Place” based approach to the development of architectural projects and seeks the essence of a site through careful and broad based analysis of site characteristics and context. Bell believes that architecture has a responsibility to society beyond the boundaries of the project and seeks community engagement and benefits wherever feasible. This approach creates a lasting and appropriate addition to the existing built and natural environment, producing a sustainable project that results in a net gain to its context.