This is our site at Redcliffe Wharf, Bristol. The area is a dynamic mixture of commercial/maritime activity on the edges of the harbour with supporting residential areas behind. The site sits to the south of the main arterial route of Redcliffe Way connecting South Bristol to the City Centre. The topography protects the site providing peaceful and enjoyable views to the city beyond.
This visual shows our idea for option 1, the cheapest of our three proposals. We simply provided safe access to a sectioned off part of the harbour where people could enjoy swimming. This was achieved through a timber pontoon leading to an area of water confined by interconnecting 'airfloats'. Due to unpredictable water quality this scheme would only be viable in summer months.
This visual shows our idea for option 2, a stationary floating barge that facilitates swimming. We have kept the timber decking allowing access to the pool from option 1. This pool would contain harbour water filtered naturally using planting. We have also provided a smaller kids pool.
This image shows our intentions of crowd funding for the project. Taking inspiration from Luchtsingel Rotterdam, we proposed a similar idea that would ensure community involvement in the project whilst securing vital funding that would see the completion of the scheme. For a small fee people can buy a plank for the timber pontoon with their name engraved within.
The above images show our pontoon prototype built by studio|05. The base consists of a plywood frame packed with polystyrene for buoyancy. This is then wrapped in a fibreglass coating for watertightness. On top of this is the timber decking complete with crowd funding planks. The prototype could be used at public events for raising interest in the scheme.
This visual shows our final design within the greater Redcliffe masterplan. Our aim was to provide a swimming experience for everyone from the nervous to the fearless. It includes a variety of naturally filtered and heated pools along with a unique harbour water swimming experience. The scheme is complimented by the return of the Bristol urban beach.
Redcliffe Wharf Pool
This was a live project which required us to work in groups as a small professional practice with a client on a scheme that was fully intended to be realised. Our group adopted the fictitious identity of 'studio|05'. After the first task of creating a name and designing a logo we met our client and received our brief. Our client was a Bristol based design consultancy firm — Nudge Group. Our brief was to design a public floating swimming pool on the banks of Redcliffe Wharf in Bristol. The pool would be one element within Nudge Group's Redcliffe Wharf masterplan and potentially act as the first stepping stone in its implementation. Bristol is the European Green Capital 2015 and therefore a sustainable approach was vital to ensure the projects success.