Next generation of architects visit Barons Quay

5 July 2016

Architecture students from Sir John Deane’s College visited the Barons Quay site last week with their tutor Glyn Dulson for a tour and talk. 

The final year students were given the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the large scale construction project.

Matt Brook, director of Broadway Malyan, the lead architect for the scheme gave an introduction to the concept behind the design of the buildings including how the black and white architecture of Northwich and its Victorian structures such as Town Bridge and the Anderton Boat Lift have inspired the design and have been re-interpretated into the present contemporary scheme.  

Catherine Fox from Cheshire West and Chester Council explained to the students about the Council’s role as client and Ashley Rogan from Balfour Beatty gave an insight into the contractors work on site including how the main travellator arrived in pieces and then was put together.

Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure said: “Thanks to the team for showing the students around. Being able to have access to a major development provides a wealth of experience to see how a site is managed see the construction process first hand.” Added tutor Glyn Dulson: “The students had a fantastic day visiting Barons Quay and it was a real insight into how architects work and the processes that they go through to take buildings through to completion. A thoroughly great experience"

The Cheshire West and Chester Council’s investment in the £80 million Barons Quay scheme is transforming Northwich town centre.

The Council is committed to making the borough a great place with vibrant and healthy communities full of inclusive leisure, heritage and culture.

The first phase of the development is anticipated to open at the end of the year including new restaurants, shops, public open space to the river weaver frontage, a five-screen Odeon cinema and parking for 900 vehicles.

Students from John Dean's visit Barons Quay
Students from John Dean's visit Barons Quay 

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