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Emerging Glasgow practices shortlisted for Hull trawlermen memorial

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July 19 2013

Emerging Glasgow practices shortlisted for Hull trawlermen memorial
Dress for the Weather and FACTORY Architecture, working in collaboration with artist Jacqueline Donachie, have reached the final three in a competition to design a £250k memorial for the lost trawlermen of Hull.

Organised by the St Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group and Hull City Council the contest aims to create a place for people to mourn, remember and honour the 6.000 men who have given their lives to the towns fishing industry over the past century.

The Glasgow based team will go head-to-head with Colour: urban design limited and Plincke Landscape Ltd for the commission, which is to be sited on the edge of the Humber at St Andrews Quay.

Placing emphasis on the stories of the individuals behind the trawler industry and is centred on a handmade steel mesh structure reminiscent of trawler nets. This can be used to hold flowers and acts as the starting point for an extended platform offering access out to the river.

Charles Pinder, chairman of STAND, said “We are delighted with the quality of the submitted designs.  The competitors have demonstrated considerable skill and commitment to developing their ideas in response to our aspirations for the memorial.  We are now sharing their ideas with the public and their views will be considered by the Jury Panel when it meets to review the designs.”

The winning design announced on 29 July.
An abstracted vase design was used to inform the circular form, an extension of the vases used to hold flowers in memory of those lost
An abstracted vase design was used to inform the circular form, an extension of the vases used to hold flowers in memory of those lost
Participants will be able to cast flowers directly into the sea, avoiding a concrete breakwater which presently disrupts the process
Participants will be able to cast flowers directly into the sea, avoiding a concrete breakwater which presently disrupts the process

The memorial will provide a shelter from the elements for quiet reflection
The memorial will provide a shelter from the elements for quiet reflection
The short-listed scheme focusses on the symbolic importance of the annual Lost Trawlermen's Day, when locals cast flowers into the Humber
The short-listed scheme focusses on the symbolic importance of the annual Lost Trawlermen's Day, when locals cast flowers into the Humber

4 Comments

Angela McCafferty
#1 Posted by Angela McCafferty on 19 Jul 2013 at 22:28 PM
I love the imagination and thought that has gone into this design. Good luck to all involved.
George Stewart
#2 Posted by George Stewart on 20 Jul 2013 at 10:06 AM
Very impressed with the consept
PedAntoine Predock
#3 Posted by PedAntoine Predock on 25 Jul 2013 at 09:35 AM
Don't mean to be a pedant, but the guardrail in shot 3 does not comply with Part K of the regs.
And her handbag does not go with that jacket!
And the boots - what was she thinking.
Apart from that, really nice scheme.
DS
#4 Posted by DS on 25 Jul 2013 at 10:57 AM
I can't understand how people can say this is a really good concept from just pictures. It may well be, but a successful design comes from responding to each and every little nuance on the site, and so until you have been there you cannot make an informed decision on how it responds. This is just another example of how people judge architecture based on slick imagery. How can you possibly tell if a high circular wall is what should sit at the end of that peer. All you are then saying is that putting a nice shaped object at the end of a peer will be enough to enhance that area. Is that all architecture is? It may well be that this design works, although if the driving force is the dubious "abstracted vase" concept, i very much doubt it.

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