Poundbury Youth Pavilion
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Princes of Wale’s Building Crafts Apprentice scheme each year through the Princes Foundation for the Built Environment offer talented, enthusiastic and committed craftspeople the opportunity to enhance their vocational skills with the design knowledge, work experience and coaching necessary to succeed in a career in the traditional building sector. This building project is the second part of the 2008 Princes Summer school, where 20 crafts apprentices and graduate fellows designed an open shelter to improve the youth facilities in Poundbury, the urban extension to Dorchester in development by the Duchy of Cornwall. The winning design for a circular ‘Look-Out’, sited close to the cricket pitch and medical centre, will be a place for young people to congregate on their own but within close proximity to other daily activity in Poundbury. The building is designed to last and look beautiful, located within a green corridor that sweeps through the Masterplan created by Leon Krier for the Prince of Wales. Natural materials were used under the guidance of two master-craftsmen, which included, Green Oak, Purbeck Stone, laid in drystone wall formation, Dressed Portland Stone and Redwood Timber Shingles. CREDITS: Date: Completion November 2008 Gross External Floor Area: 25sqm Form of Contract: Design / Build Princes Foundation with the Duchy of Cornwall Total Cost: £45,000 Client: Duchy of Cornwall Structural Engineer: Giffords Services Engineer: N/A Quantity Surveyor: Duchy of Cornwall Planning Supervisor: Princes Foundation: Main Contractor: Princes Foundation (super structure) The whole structure was built by young crafts apprentices for who had not yet graduated in thier subjects, ie stone masonary, carpentry and roofing. This was their first experience of building a complete building on a live building site to drawings which had been prepared by a combination of crafts apprentice and graduate fellows on thier summer school. They were under the supervision of two Princes Foundation Master Craftsmen in Stone and Carpentry with architectural direction by Noel Isherwood. Duchy of Cornwall (foundations)


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