Economical + Versatile
After securing lottery funding for the Ford Park Visitors Centre with our initial proposal, we worked closely with Imagemakers, an interpretive design consultancy from Okehampton, to further develop the brief through conceptual workshops with the Ford Park Cemetery Trust. In collaboration with Imagemakers we transformed the existing 1960's chapel into an exciting modern, robust and functional exhibition space. It provides facilities for the local community, such as a space for lectures and workshops, permanent and temporary exhibition spaces and an interpretive link to the surrounding cemetery.
Neutral white walls give a light ambience to the generous exhibition space, the blue of the ceiling and green for the café area create an abstract link with the landscape outside. The main space was fitted with solid ash flooring, we designed and fitted internal glass doors to connect entrance and lobby with the exhibition space and further define the quality of the venue.
A range of contemporary display furniture for the venue was developed and made by Tandem. It included flexible exhibition screens with picture rails and magnet receptive surfaces, a bespoke picture frame system for large format posters that allows easy storage and archiving. A set of portable birch ply display plinths with acrylic covers were developed for exhibiting valuable artefacts.
These were complimented by multimedia technology in the form of a touch screen terminal, plasma screens and a data projector.
Maximising flexibility and the use of available floor space was an important objective. Discrete white storage cupboards were designed and fitted to blend in with the walls not detracting from the exhibition but providing extra storage and surfaces for display. The existing kitchen now opens up to the exhibition hall creating a café area near the entrance.
Throughout the design and build we worked closely with the client at all times ensuring they were happy with all decisions made and keeping costs within the client's extremely tight budget.
Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon
Ford Park Cemetery Trust who, after the refurbishment of their historic chapel, seeked to develop the building they had used for services into a modern visitor centre and exhibition space.
Why they contacted us
The chairman of Ford Park Trust knew the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of one of our domestic interior projects. He liked the inventive use of space and attention to detail and thought this would suit the challenging project of the Ford Park Visitors Centre.
What they say
The outcome is that we have a modern, vibrant, high quality space, which meets our conflicting needs as well as it is possible to do so.
It was a pleasure to work with someone so utterly reliable.