Architects celebrate 50 years

Over 200 people attend debate on Chester’s future

LtoR: Stephen Hodder, president of RIBA, makes a presentation to Cyril Morris and Jim Latham, founder members of Cheshire Society of Architects, to mark the society's 50th anniversary
LtoR: Stephen Hodder, president of RIBA, makes a presentation to Cyril Morris and Jim Latham, founder members of Cheshire Society of Architects, to mark the society's 50th anniversary

The Cheshire Society of Architects (CSA), in conjunction with Chester Civic Trust, held its final event for the 2013 series of events at Chester University last week. Over 200 people attended to hear all the main players for the city present their views on the City’s heritage and ideas on the future for its built environment. The event also hosted Stephen Hodder MBE, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The debate panel was chaired by Martin Stockley of Stockley, and included Stephen Mosley , MP for The City of Chester, Carolyn Graham, CWaC Councillor for Blacon & Design Champion, Stephen Hodder MBE, RIBA President, Stephen Langtree, Chester Civic Trust Vice President, Mike Jones , Leader of CWaC Council and Phil Mayall, MUSE Development Director.

Andy Foster of Andy Foster Architects and past president of CSA, introduced the panel and the pre-submitted questions which focused on the challenge of how historic cities like Chester should move forward but not lose their heritage.

Topics included ‘promoting a more intelligent public debate around design quality in Chester’, ‘The role and benefits of an Independent Design Review Panel’, ‘preventing loss of quality in good schemes due to poor implementation’, ‘better assessment of the impact of schemes – for example, in relation to Chester’s Library, Bus Station and Theatre’, ‘joined up thinking on development’ and ‘flat-pack, universal designs for public buildings’. Structures discussed ranged from The Walls to new schools, neighbourhoods to the covered market.

CSA Past President and MD of Andy Foster Architects, Andy Foster said:

“Last year’s Cheshire Society of Architects’ lecture series was titled ‘The New Historic City’ and was intended to promote ‘good design in historic cities’. The series brought together, in the light of the One City Plan, a wide audience including councillors, officers, developers, local businesses, lobby groups and other interested parties and provided an opportunity for debating what we have and what we want. We have certainly delivered this.

Plans for the 2014 series of lectures are being put in place as we speak and we would love to hear from anyone with a view on the quality of new development in Chester.”

More information and contacts from: 01244 343772 csa@andyfosterarchitects.com and http://www.andyfosterarchitects.com/news/cheshire-society-of-architects-lecture-series-2013/

 

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