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Calvert Pavilion

Newcastle University School of Architecture, 2018

A pavilion for Calvert Trust guests

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Students at Newcastle University's School of Architecture worked with Kielder Art & Architecture and Calvert Trust Kielder to develop proposals for a new activity area and supporting structures on their Cranecleugh site at Kielder. 

The Calvert Pavilion represents a year’s hard work by six dedicated and talented students who, when initially asked by the Calvert Trust 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 and their families to enjoy watching their friends take turns on the zip wire. 

The pavilion is formed from a series of repeating bays, each capped by a triangular peaked roof section. CNC cut varnished plywood panels divide and screen the spaces, and similar materials are used to create seating in each bay. 

Timber is the main material used throughout the pavilion, with marine plywood employed for the roof and Accoya and Duraply for the supporting ‘A’ frames. Supplementing the timber, stainless steel sheet is used to cap the roof panels and also in the form of the brackets holding the 'A' frames to their foundations.

Finally, the surrounding area has been seeded with rye grass provide a softer context for the structure and utilises a ground protection matrix to prevent paths from being erosed.

Other elements of the Masterplan are expected be developed by future groups’.

The Calvert Pavilion has been funded by Newcastle University, Calvert Trust Kielder, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest fund.



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Calvert Trust Kielder is located off the C200 between Tower Knowe and Kielder Waterside. 

MArch Students from Newcastle University School of Architecture were asked to develop proposals for a series of amenities and structures to be located on a now disused adventure play area. Following extensive discussions with Calvert Trust staff and guests, the students developed masterplanning that proposed a series of different options for the Trust to consider. Each option looked at the site as a whole, but breaking it into three separate areas, each having a different 'feel'.

The Calvert Trust selected their preferred option an the student group opted to construct the key part of their proposal, a small pavilion designed to enabl guest to spectate other participants using the zip wire loceted nearby. 

The group worked through autumn 2017 to finalise their design work and the pavilion was finished in April 2018.

The other elements of their masterplan are expected to be revisited by future student groups for development in 2019-20.