The St Albans Museums Site Design Charrette will be the culmination of Look! St Albans ‘Our Community Voice on Design’ first year as a fully constituted community-led body. Fittingly Look! will hold its 2nd AGM at the final event of the charrette.
The aim of the three events is to produce a design for the Museum site of which the community at large will be proud. No special skills are needed, everyone is welcome to take part, especially in the two evening events, as every view counts. The draft design codes already produced by the community will play a key role in these events.
The charrette has come about due to the decision that has been made to sell the site with detailed planning consent to help fund the New Museum’s Project in the Town Hall, ‘Renaissance St Albans’.
The first event will take place on Friday 24th October 7pm to 9pm at the Museum of St Albans Hatfield Road, St Albans – public open design session
Saturday 25th October 10am to 5pm at the Council Chamber, Civic Centre,
St Peters Street, St Albans - St Albans Museums Site Design Charrette
Monday 27th October 7pm to 9pm again at the Museum of St Albans Hatfield Road, St Albans – Report back presentation of the jointly-created designs. Followed by Look! St Albans AGM - 9pm finishing no later than 9.30pm
Vanessa Gregory Chairman of Look! St Albans said. This is what Look! is all about, being proactive not reactive and very importantly community-led. Having met, as host of the event with the council as trustee owners of the site, the team developing the detailed planning application and the lead independent facilitator, I am confident that this charrette process will take place at a sufficiently early stage to enable the community to make real and positive contribution towards finding a design for this site.
I hope everyone interested in the look and feel of our city centre will take part. People can of course comment when the planning application is made, but surely making a contribution now, when given such an opportunity, rather than reacting to something someone else has produced is far more worthwhile.
I sincerely hope, anticipating a successful outcome, this will lay a marker down to other landowner’s and developers that the wider community are ‘up for it’ to keep ‘super St Albans’. We can achieve quality and befitting designs for redevelopment areas within our city centre and the surrounding open spaces we use and pass by each day. We can do this if we work together, rather than constant confrontation.
Plea for help
All events are of course free to attend. As Look! St Albans is acting as host we will have to fund certain aspects ourselves. As we are community-led we totally rely on donations, sponsorship and voluntary help. We are still pretty embryonic and as such we haven’t had sufficient time to build up our funds; therefore we need to raise funds urgently.
Please see Council Press Release