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Beyond the Castle

The new design team for the City Park co-design challenge came together for the first time this week and renamed the co-design project to 'Beyond the Castle'

Together for two days their brief was to develop an innovative programme of events and activities to support the co-design of creative solutions, concepts and proposals for the City Park site as part of a wider County and City Council feasibility project for the area.The design team was created to include a combination of skills and experience and includes:

Andy Darby of Litfest, who specialises in using narrative for co-creation through story telling. His perspective will be invaluable for the underused green space which has a rich historical background to bring to life.

David Redmore of Garden and Landscape Design, who is a landscape architectural practice for landscape design with an increasing emphasis on working with local communities and seeking to find ways in which design can significantly affect the social context of a given community.

Dee Hennessy of Creative Exchange, who is a creative facilitator for organisational development and change who is experienced in designing and facilitating workshops for multi disciplinary groups with differing perspectives to produce positive outcomes.

Lotte from Studio LVWP, who is based in Eindhoven has expertise in developing fun and creative tools to ensure effective interaction between designers and the diverse communities they will be working with.

Andy Walmsley of Wash Design, a branding and graphic design agency in agency in Preston to be very involved in the primary aim of the City Park co-design challenge which is to co-design with communities to develop a new identity and shared values and aspiration for the site.

Lotte from Eindhoven who had not visited what had been referred to as the City Park site before was immediately struck by the fact that the site is not the Victorian Park she had been expecting. In one of the creative sessions later that day the ambiguous term ‘Beyond the Castle’ was used and it has been decided this would be the new name for the creative engagement programme.

An intense two days of teamwork and creativity resulted in an exciting concept for a series of co-design events to take place across the City centre, access points to the site and in the park. More details will be posted here soon through guest blogs from the design team as they start to progress their plans in detail.

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