Dream it, Build it project launch 24th September: 1.00 - 4.00pm

Date 24.09.16 – 24.09.16

Time 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, BS7 9XA


muf architecture / art and Studio 7 present 'Dream it, Build it': An afternoon of music, food & den building to celebrate the completion of the Gainsborough Square Pavilion on Saturday 24th September 2016.


A new community pavilion at Gainsborough Square will be launched on Saturday 24th September with an afternoon of community events from 1.00 – 4.00pm.

Commissioned by Bristol City Council the pavilion was designed by MUF the London-based art and architecture practice. The work which is entitled ‘Dream it, Build it’ has been two years in the making and is the final element of the major landscape improvement works by Bristol City Council which have transformed Gainsborough Square.

The idea for a pavilion design grew from conversations between muf and local people around the Council’s proposed improvement works to Gainsborough Square and the development of a temporary structure in 2014 to test ideas with locals. This process also involved a project to actively engage young people in the development of the project with a focus on NEET’s ((not in employment, education or training)

Working with muf, architects, UWE students, a structural engineer and a graphic designer, a group of NEET’s worked over a week period with muf and the team to gain experience of team work, design and construction. This process was designed to lead to an understanding of what it takes to build something in the public realm, how the local community may want different things and how these aspirations have to be evaluated to inform design. On completion the group received a recognised Asdan accreditation from Learning Partnership West for their efforts.

The temporary structure the group built in 2014 was a simple ramp and stage located along the edge of the football pitch. Additional building materials in the form of straw bales and palette boards were available on site during the build period for young people to construct their own play environments.

The stage hosted a community music event in May 2014 organised with and delivered by local people, which was attended by about 100 adults, teenagers and children with representatives from the police and ward councillors.

Development of the permanent pavilion

The permanent pavilion builds on the knowledge gained from the consultation and action research during 2014. It is an elongated design with a simple orthogonal frame and deck to create a promontory parallel to the football pitch. There are two spaces with shelter from the weather, one overlooking the garden with a conventional bench with high back and arm rests, space for a wheel chair user and level access from the renovated path, the other, overlooking the football pitch has a low bench. The frame is designed with fixings so that a specially designed canvas canopy can be attached to the roof to create  a covered market or other events and the pavilion also has a power supply inlaid into the deck to support music events, film screenings and other events

Launch Event

The launch will bring together the original participants and wider public to celebrate the arrival of the pavilion in the square and will feature live music from Studio 7 (up and coming stars), open mic, phatchicken BBQ, and straw bale den building

For press information, images and interview requests, please contact John Smith PR and Media Officer, Bristol City Council, +44 (0)117 352 1258

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About muf architecture / art

muf architecture/art was established in 1995 and is led by the founding partners Liza Fior, architect, and Katherine Clarke, artist. muf’s interdisciplinary work encompasses master planning, urban design, landscape design, buildings, temporary and permanent public art, participative research and digital platforms. muf have pioneered a strategy of ‘incremental urbanism’, an approach to regeneration through art, urbanism and architecture that identifies and builds on the existing values of a place, this approach proactively makes the most of what is there and this responsive way of working, ensures that delivery on the ground is a sustainable step towards a vision of the future.

muf have a proven track record of making meaningful space for the child, integrated as part of any neighbourhood development.  They have experience of successful working with formal and informal education organizations and their aim in these situations is to deliver schemes that are open-ended and which remain benignly uncertain and so provoke and establish the habit of an internal questioning in the end user, both child and adult, of the fabric of the built environment.

Over the last three years muf have completed significant public realm projects, worked with developers and local authorities to advance the quality of design and established strategies and guidelines that have been adopted in their entirety and implemented. Their build schemes and research projects proactively inform planning policy to shape future places.

Although better known for public realm schemes, muf have consistently produced public and mixed use buildings with a particular emphasis on working with institutions to proactively extend the impact of the built beyond the building footprint to enhance and contribute to the wider context and public realm

Open Fold

Open Fold is a Lockleaze wide public art programme developed with Dr Paul O’Neill. This programme is being developed in close dialogue with Bristol City Council’s Place Shaping Team. The aim of the project is to deliver commissions in the ward, with focus around Gainsborough Square and its surrounding streets, which will increase employment opportunities and housing numbers and provide better links within the estate and to the city.