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Rochester Roundhouse

Newcastle University School of Architecture, 2016

A pavilion and event space for Redesdale's communities

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Rochester Roundhouse, a collaboration between Kielder Art & Architecture and Newcastle University School of Architecture, took shape on the old Brigantium site in Rochester in the Redesdale valley.

This project ws the third of the Testing Ground programme of architectural commissions that is enabling architecture students from Newcastle University to work with a range of communities and other user groups across the Park. The project responded to community wishes to reuse the old unused and dilapidated 'Brigantium' visitor attraction to create a new facility that will create an external ampitheatre space from the old roundhouse's walls, and put in place a completely new pavilion close by that will provide a simple and elegant internal space for events and activities.

Students worked with local communities to develop a brief for the project before presenting a range of design options. Once a final design had been selected and final detailling completed, the structure was built by the students between November 2015 and July 2016.