Ouseburn Bandstand Step Closer to Reality

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Great to hear this Newcastle project that Specifi have supported and sponsored is a step closer to reality 2 years after its initial conception.

A modern take on the bandstand could finally be brought to life two years after it was first dreamt up by budding architects.

And if the scheme is given the green light by Newcastle City Council, it’ll be used to provide a space for cultural events and activities over the summer.

The temporary structure, proposed for land below Ouseburn Viaduct, began as a design competition organised by Northumbria Architecture Society (NAS) and Newcastle University Architecture Society (NUAS), in collaboration with the Ouseburn Trust.

Now, plans for the bandstand, have been lodged with the council.

A design and access statement said: “The brief was to create a new attraction promoting longer visits to the valley, whilst providing a safe and exciting place for creative fringe activity organised by local artists.”

Associate Professor David Morton, of Northumbria University’s school of architecture and built environment, said: “The initial idea for the bandstand came from students in our architectural society, who are encouraged to work on real-life projects that will benefit communities.

“They have now graduated and have continued to work on their plans, successfully securing support and funding from the local community ward and the arts council.

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