How this UCLan team made an eye-catching contribution to Lancashire Encounter

Posted on - 5th October, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The team behind the Organic City Evolution Meets Revolution pavilion
The team behind the Organic City Evolution Meets Revolution pavilion

This year’s Lancashire Encounter Festival was packed with creativity, even down to the structures that were used for performances.


Two of the most eye-catching structures were designed and created by a team of architects and artists linked to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The pavilions were used for performances in Winckley Square. Architecture student Rainer Townend, Professor of Public Art Practice Charles Quick, Senior Architecture Lecturer Ann Vanner, and UCLan alumnus John Bridge were all involved in the project.

Read more: Pictures marking the Lancashire Encounter 2018

John, who is Architect and Director of Studio John Bridge Ltd, said: “The Preston Pavilion is a depiction of Preston’s regeneration. From the ground grows a structure that celebrates the revolution of the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote.

“This was a truly wonderful collaborative project that engaged a Lancashire team of makers and passionate people from our creative community, such as LCM group, Sleater and Watson and UK industrial services. UCLan and the North Lancashire Society of Architects have funded a project that brought a unique CAD/CAM digitally designed/fabricated structure to our city, that was enjoyed by many.”

Large pavilion used for Lancashire Encounter performances in Winckley Square

Both pavilions were created from plywood. The large pavilion, entitled Organic City Evolution Meets Revolution, used a lattice structure and double curves to create the open spaces.

The smaller pavilion was designed by Rainer after he won a competition. He said: “It’s really quite amazing and overwhelming to see my winning design turned into a reality for a public event. It’s been a busy three to four weeks ensuring everything was ready, but I’m delighted with the end result.”

Read more: Pencils at the ready for Winckley Square Big Draw

Professor Quick added: “The School of Art and Design and Fashion was very pleased to be invited to be a partner in this temporary pavilion project. It was a great example of how working together can create exciting projects for the city.

“Once removed from the public space, it is hoped the structures can find a more permanent home somewhere in the city.”

Did you notice the pavilions at Lancashire Encounter? Let us know in the comments below.

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