Navigation

News and events

Seaside roots inspire architecture student’s design

21 July 2015

Sarah Jones

Rebecca’s ideas to breathe new life into Great Yarmouth

An MArch Architecture student has used her seaside roots as inspiration for her Degree Show 2015 project.

Rebecca Lovell from Lytham St Annes chose to focus on a fish market and marine biology research centre based in Great Yarmouth for her final year project. The 22-year-old was keen to revisit the Norfolk town’s heritage as a fishing town which has seen fish stocks decline over time and now relies mainly on tourism.

While there is still some development going on around the docks, it is largely geared towards off shore wind turbines and oil rigs. Rebecca explained it is not a sustainable industry.

“It’s about trying to bring back the fishing industry that the town is based on. Trying to subdue maybe, the tourist culture that surrounds it. Great Yarmouth is in Norfolk and they really celebrate the food and the heritage around there”, she said.

“It’s about trying to bring back the fishing industry that the town is based on. Trying to subdue maybe, the tourist culture that surrounds it.”

Rebecca decided to show off various aspects of her design at this year’s degree show which included her plans and visual and eye catching pieces, including her renders.

The former Lytham St Annes High School and Sixth Form College pupil found that it was natural for her to research seaside towns through her upbringing. In particular, she explained just how she looked at Blackpool and the problems it has faced. While Rebecca considered other various locations across the country, visiting Great Yarmouth was what gave her the inspiration.

“I batted around with a few places. I looked at Llandudno, Blackpool and then eventually visited Great Yarmouth and it was from that that the whole project came together. The town came before the function”, she explained.