Latest News | 16 November 2023

University student visions to showcase at Lab

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A new exhibition by the University of Derby is coming to the Derby City Lab from Friday 17th November.

Each year Marketing Derby collaborates with the University of Derby to challenge its architecture students to create new ideas and visions for selected key city centre sites.

This year, students from the university’s BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design, and MSc Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings will be presenting their masterplan concepts for a redevelopment of the North Riverside site.

A range of posters and models will share visions for a new city centre destination offering new employment opportunities within a highly sustainable, high-quality mixed-use development on brownfield land.

The visions will fully exploit the riverside setting, improving the quality of green spaces and presenting a vibrant waterfront pedestrian realm within the heart of the city.

Dr Boris Ceranic, senior academic and researcher at the University of Derby and programme Leader for MSc architectural courses said: “The University Derby architectural students have for many years now worked together with Marketing Derby on some key challenging areas in the Derby city centre.

”This year we have concentrated on the North Riverside site. The students were asked to come up with proposals for a sustainable, high-quality mixed-use development on brownfield land which will fully exploit the riverside setting. The students’ brief was to design a new riverside setting with a vibrant waterfront pedestrian area within the heart of the city.”

Adam Rodgers, inward investment executive at Marketing Derby and lead for the Derby City Lab said: “Previous displays of the work of the architectural students at the Lab have attracted considerable attention.

“It’s great to showcase local talent and engage the public through the students’ imaginative visions for a key site in the heart of the city centre,- we’re looking forward to seeing this year’s display!”

The exhibition will run from Friday 17th November to Wednesday 29th November 2023 – see here for opening times.

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