Kielder Partnership and Newcastle University unveil new Pavilion

July 02, 2018

Visitors to Kielder Water & Forest Park can now enjoy relaxing from a newly developed pavilion while watching adventure activities run by Calvert Kielder and Calvert Trust Kielder.

Designed by six students at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, the new Calvert Pavilion is a striking focal point of the newly created public space close to the zip wire facility.

The students worked with Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust’s Art & Architecture programme and Calvert Trust Kielder to develop proposals aimed at transforming the previously underused site into a space that can be used for individual reflection, communal activities and spectating.

Designing the Calvert Pavilion is the fifth project to feature in an ongoing collaboration between the School of Architecture and the Development Trust to create public facing architectural commissions and installations.

Past work has included designing and constructing Rochester Roundhouse - an open air amphitheatre and contemporary timber pavilion; constructing a Stargazing Pavilion at Stonehaugh in 2014, building The Warm Room on Kielder’s community campsite in 2015, and creating the timber-built Bakethin Hide in 2017.

Peter Sharpe, art and architecture curator for Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “Architecture students working on design and build projects at Kielder Water & Forest Park are now a well-established and highly rewarding annual feature of the Kielder Art & Architecture programme. 

“The Calvert Pavilion represents a year’s hard work by six dedicated and talented students who, when initially asked by Calvert Trust Kielder to propose ideas for this underused site, worked closely with the organisation to understand the needs of their guests, developing a Masterplan that proposed a series of linked areas for individual reflection, communal activity and spectating. 

“The result of this hard work, their striking Calvert Pavilion, provides a place for guests to enjoy watching their friends take turns on the zip wire. Other elements of the Masterplan will be developed by future groups.”

The project has been funded by Newcastle University, Calvert Trust Kielder, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, through its Community Chest fund. 

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