University of South Wales Paramount Project 2018

Each year, we catch up with the second year students from the University of South Wales Interior Design degree course and each year we continue to be impressed with the skills on display.

In 2017, we asked the students to consider how they would adapt Llanrumney Hall into a centre for the community. They developed some great concept proposals.

In 2018, there were two sites for the students to consider.

Barry & Llanelli Goods Shed proposals

For this year’s project, the students were given the choice of adapting one of two disused goods sheds.

Barry Goods Shed: Source - Wales Online

Known as the Gwalia Buildings, the Hood Road goods shed in Barry is a traditional brick, heritage railway building that was built in the 1880s. It’s now part of the development of the Innovation Quarter in Barry.

Llanelli Goods Shed: Source – Llanelli Herald

Built in 1875, this derelict goods shed in Llanelli is a classic example of the Brunel style of architecture. It’s being redeveloped by the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust (LRGST) and even featured on an episode of the BBC Two programme, Great British Railway Journeys.

The First Visit

We started the mentoring process in February when we visited the students at their Atrium studios in Cardiff.

Once they’d chosen the building they wanted to focus on, the students could start work on their proposals.

Keeping the history of the buildings in mind, all ideas needed to be developed based on reflecting the industrial past of the site and introducing new elements that would benefit the local community.

Madison and I met each student and talked through their very early concept ideas, developing an approach and strategy for each of the designs.

The Concept Presentation

In March, the students visited the Paramount ShowOffice to present their design ideas.

There were some excellent concepts covering indoor/outdoor markets, art galleries, work-life pods and social spaces.

Here’s a taster of just a few…

Llanelli Goods Shed 1

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Barry Goods Shed

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As part of the visit, we always aim to give the visiting students an insight into the way a workplace design company operates.

It also gives us a glimpse of the up-and-coming interior designers who will be joining the industry.

A tour of the ShowOffice followed, where we demonstrated a few of the latest ideas and trends in workplace design.

As always, it’s been a fantastic experience for us and, hopefully, a worthwhile one for the students and we can’t wait to meet next year’s students.

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