Architecture students submit designs for Welsh National Police Memorial


24.05.2021

First year students from The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Swansea School of Architecture have participated in a design competition for a Welsh National Police Memorial, in Cathays Park in Cardiff.

The winning design.

The students were divided into groups of 4 for the project, which was incorporated as part of their Technology and Environment 1 module linked with design studio.

The brief stated that the memorial ‘was to be designed using material sourced from around Wales which will stand the test of time and require as little maintenance as possible. It should, either in full or in part, incorporate Welsh slate, as well as a plaque, allowing for an inscription to be added. The memorial should reflect the contribution, and on occasion, the tragic ultimate sacrifice made by those who choose to protect and serve the communities of Wales through policing. Key words which are close to the heart of the police, to be considered when seeking inspiration for the design, included 'fairness', 'integrity', 'diligence', 'impartiality', Justice', 'protect', 'serve' and 'duty'.

The students worked as a team via remote learning during the Covid 19 lockdown and as a result were unable to visit the proposed site.

However, they utilised all the available information to produce four different designs to create a sense of place and meaning for such an important monument.

1st year students from The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Swansea School of Architecture have participated in a design competition for a Welsh National Police Memorial, in Cathays Park in Cardiff.

The groups are:

Team 1 - Katie Wells, Gabriella Abbott, and Ellie Moore

Team 2 - Jaycie Corbett, Nick Smith, Betty Mileiko, Michelle Benalcazar-Murillo

Team 3 - Abbie Messer, Nathan Davies and Taraneh Adibmehr

Team 4 - Gwion Nicholls, Ben Brandon, Cameron Lewis and Keiran Thomas

Designs were submitted for consideration to the Chief Constable of South Wales Police on May 11, 2021.

1st year students from The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Swansea School of Architecture have participated in a design competition for a Welsh National Police Memorial, in Cathays Park in Cardiff.

Jaycie Corbett said: “It was an honour and a privilege for us as a group to be part of such a sensitive project. It challenged our design ideas, aesthetically and more importantly, design a lasting monument that was dignified and respectful, commemorating the commitment of officers to society.”

Ian Standen, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Architecture at the University’s Wales Institute of Science and Art said: “I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication the students have shown in creating unique, appropriate and thoughtful designs for such an important monument of remembrance.”

Jeremy Vaughan, Chief Constable of South Wales Police said: “I am extremely grateful to all the students who have taken the time to take part in the design process for the Welsh National Police Memorial. I am passionate that the design should reflect the contribution, and on occasion, the tragic ultimate sacrifice made by those who choose to protect and serve the communities of Wales. I look forward to reviewing the designs after the closing date on the 31.05.21.”

1st year students from The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Swansea School of Architecture have participated in a design competition for a Welsh National Police Memorial, in Cathays Park in Cardiff.

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