Portsmouth Guildhall



front-cover-imagePortsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth (UK) 2013

Portsmouth University

The ambition of this student-led event was to assist Andy Grays (Chief Executive Officer, Portsmouth Cultural Trust) by proposing inspiring, creative and beautiful design ideas to revitalise, redeem and reinvigorate a number of existing interior spaces within the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Three ‘Design Teams’ each containing 4 students from the Interior Design undergraduate students and postgraduate Architecture & Interior Design students were led by three staff members from the School of Architecture. Each student Design Team was asked to focus on one particular area within the existing Guildhall for the duration of the design charrette:

• Main Auditorium
• Ground Floor ‘Box Office’, ‘Receptions’ and ‘Harlequin’ Areas
• First Floor ‘Lounges’ and ‘Exhibition’ Areas

The Design Charrette presented the client with a range of creative outline ideas and proposals which have been very well received. Following the event the next phase of the project is to gain momentum in terms of putting together project information, gaining support, and starting the real building renovation process. The client aims to continue to work with the Project Office team for assistance with the above process and collaboration with the appointed practice.

Client: Andy Grays (Portsmouth Cultural Trust)

Tutors: Martin Andrews, Francis Graves, Amy Walker

Students: Iskandar Bin Ahmad Nazri, Stefani Tosheva, Angeliki Petrakaki, Elpitha Koviou, Gemma Mohajer, Michael Smith, Rachael Davey, Polly Wong, Charlotte Brisland, Gemma Griffiths, Ozsevi Ceylon, Jie Liu, Minjie Liu, Priyanka Sedani, Gus Mirmalek-Sani, Milda Bolutaite and Aaron Gilliard.

Research Question:
Improving and re-invigorating the aesthetic and functionality Portsmouth Guildhall.

+, 11-50, Analytical, Architecture, Client-funded, Collaboration, Commissioned, Days, Extra-curricular, Interior Design, Portsmouth Univ., Postgraduate, Propositional, Students with tutor, Undergraduate, United Kingdom