University of South Wales Paramount Project 2017 – Llanrumney Hall

We’ve enjoyed several years of successful collaboration with the 2nd year students from the University of South Wales Interior Design degree course. Last year’s students developed some fantastic ideas for the 2016 RSA Student Design Awards.

As office design specialists, we’ve always enjoyed mentoring the students through their projects and hopefully giving them a valuable insight into the world of commercial interiors.

Well, we’ve reached that time of year again.

The 2017 Paramount Project

This year we’ve returned to the theme of focusing on one building and asked the students to present their concepts for the use of the space.

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The chosen building was Llanrumney Hall. A Grade II listed building, this Elizabethan mansion was built in 1450, rebuilt in 1852 and refurbished around 1900.

A former stately home and even a pub, the building has now fallen into disrepair. Although it's recently been planned to convert it into an education and sporting facility.

The students were asked to consider how they would adapt the building into their own concept of a centre for the community.

The first visit

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

We talked through their very early concept ideas, helping to develop an approach and strategy for the various projects.

The presentations

After the initial design briefing session, over 20 students visited us at the Paramount ShowOffice and presented their final concepts to the Design team.

They had each adopted the community concept in a number of ways. These included a focus on the generations living in the area, centres where people could socialise over shared interests and places where urban art and music could be expressed.

The designs demonstrated how the students had considered the project function in line with the historical building and its strong aesthetic.

Some approached the finishes aspect of the building and how they either complemented or challenged the original features while others integrated new installations into the spaces.

The concepts

Some excellent design ideas were shown with the team offering their advice along the way. Here’s a selection of them:


After the presentations

Following the design presentations, the students were taken on a tour of our ShowOffice and shown what working life is like in the busy world of an office fit-out company.

It’s worth noting that the experience doesn’t always stop after the presentations have finished. Stevie from our design team showed the students around this year but last year she was presenting her own concepts.

It’s been another successful year for our ongoing relationship with the students at USW.

Not only have we given them an insight into the way a workplace design company works but we’ve also been given a glimpse of the designers of the future.

We look forward to seeing what next year brings.

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