22 Sep 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

‘Dream it, Build it’: An afternoon of music, food & den building to celebrate the completion of Gainsborough Square Pavilion


What: A community celebration to mark the completion of a new community pavilion for Gainsborough Square by MUF

Where: Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7

When: 1.00pm – 4.00pm on Saturday 24th September

Who: Cllr Estella Tincknell - Deputy Mayor, Katherine Clarke, Partner, MUF; Vickey Tiley Studio Seven. 

‘Dream it, Build it’: An afternoon of music, food & den building to celebrate the completion of Gainsborough Square Pavilion

A new community pavilion at Gainsborough Square will be launched on Saturday 24th September with an afternoon of community events from 1.00 – 4.00pm.

Commissioned by Bristol City Council the pavilion was designed by MUF the London-based art and architecture practice. The work which is entitled ‘Dream it, Build it’ has been two years in the making and is the final element of the major landscape improvement works by Bristol City Council which have transformed Gainsborough Square.

The idea for a pavilion design grew from conversations between muf and local people around the Council’s proposed improvement works to Gainsborough Square and the development of a temporary structure in 2014 to test ideas with locals. This process also involved a project to actively engage young people in the development of the project with a focus on NEET’s (not in employment, education or training).

Working with muf, architects, UWE students, a structural engineer and a graphic designer, a group of NEET’s worked over a week period with muf and the team to gain experience of team work, design and construction. This process was designed to lead to an understanding of what it takes to build something in the public realm, how the local community may want different things and how these aspirations have to be evaluated to inform design. On completion the group received a recognised Asdan accreditation from Learning Partnership West for their efforts.

The temporary structure the group built in 2014 was a simple ramp and stage located along the edge of the football pitch. Additional building materials in the form of straw bales and palette boards were available on site during the build period for young people to construct their own play environments.

The stage hosted a community music event in May 2014 organised with and delivered by local people, which was attended by about 100 adults, teenagers and children with representatives from the police and ward councillors.

The permanent pavilion builds on the knowledge gained from the consultation and action research during 2014. It is an elongated design with a simple orthogonal frame and deck to create a promontory parallel to the football pitch. There are two spaces with shelter from the weather, one overlooking the garden with a conventional bench with high back and arm rests, space for a wheel chair user and level access from the renovated path, the other, overlooking the football pitch has a low bench. The frame is designed with fixings so that a specially designed canvas canopy can be attached to the roof to create  a covered market or other events and the pavilion also has a power supply inlaid into the deck to support music events, film screenings and other events.

The launch will bring together the original participants and wider public to celebrate the arrival of the pavilion in the square and will feature live music from Studio 7 (up and coming stars), open mic, phatchicken BBQ, and straw bale den building.

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Lockleaze said: "I am delighted to see this pavilion open its doors to the people of Lockleaze after two years of hard work by all involved. Gainsborough square is at the heart of the community and somewhere that has been in need of investment for some time. The transformation of the square is remarkable and it's wonderful to see this vital community space providing much needed facilities for young and old. 

"The opportunities the Pavilion has already offered young people in the community is a clear sign that this development represents an investment in the future of Lockleaze. I would like to thank the artists and architects from MUF, the UWE students who were part of this project, Bristol City Council and all others whose time and effort have helped turn a once forgotten part of the community into its centrepiece."

Katherine Clarke, of muf commented: “Spaces that are genuinely owned by the local community have to be nurtured into existence through long term engagement, never under estimate what it takes” 

Kizzy Morrell CEO studio 7 said: 

“The studio 7 family have loved being a part of this build. It means a lot to us; this is a great space for our events that we are proud to have. It also means that we can help promote diversity and understanding of cultures within our music which studio 7 is all about. We love to bring the community together and MUF and the Council have done that with this project for Lockleaze. This build has helped our community come together in many different ways which has been amazing.”


Bristol City Council:
John Smith | Public Relations Officer  – Bristol City Council
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