In 2015, the Friends of the War Memorial Park started investigating the possibility of building a permanent bandstand in the Park. We have been loking into design options, costs, funding, support from bands and other possible users …..
So far there has been a very positive response from pretty much everyone we have spoken with – the public, the City Council and from all the potential perfomers that we have asked.
We also thought that we should not just be thinking of traditional designs, but should consider the options for something more up to date. To help us get started, we asked Coventry University whether they would be interested in running a competition to provide some concept designs.
The Coventry University students came up with some really imaginative concepts. 21 teams submitted concept designs. These were shortlisted to six designs by a panel which included representatives from the Friends of the War Memorial Park. The six shorlisted designs were then exhibited online and during three one-week exhibitions and voting sessions.
The overall message from the voting process was that there was broad support and enthusiasm for a bandstand in the War Memorial Park and many of the University concept designs were popular.
The brief presentation below is an overview of where we were at the begining of 2017. It shows some traditional designs and many of the contemporary designs from Coventry University.