As part of the Young Designers’ Award 2018, young people from across the Island have competed to design a new and exciting way across the River Medina as part of the regeneration plans for Newport Harbour. From these entries, our very own Taylor M (Year 10) and Beth L (Year 7) were chosen as two of eight overall winners! The aim of the YDA is to emphasise the importance of the built environment, to engage young people in design, architecture & the built environment, and to re-introduce creative thinking on a larger scale & platform. This year’s competition was to design a link across the River Medina, whilst keeping in mind that boats still need to use the waterway. It could be made from any material, as long as it is exciting and innovative.
Taylor’s entry, “Medina Quay Under The Sea”, is described as being a sensory experience for the whole family, and a tourist and public attraction in its own right. Light and texture have influenced the structure using stained glass windows and the pendulum mechanism swings you through the structure from one side to the other. The judges commented: ““Colours through the glass would have amazing reflections on the river.” Taylor’s model was inspired by her brother who has special needs, to design a sensory crossing over the River Medina. Her bridge features stained glass which will provide a kaleidoscope of colours catching the light and projecting and reflecting across the river. It also has tactile fish scales and numerous activities such as a swinging pendulum and climbing wall.
Beth created a Ferris Wheel inspired entry, “The Island’s Eye”, which is a crossing sitting half in the water and half out. The carriages alternate between carrying cars and people, and boats can pass through the centre of the Ferris structure at all times. The judges commented: “Nobody else has taken people under the water. It would be quite an experience to take a ride!”
Well done also to the year 7 runners-up from TIFS, who narrowly missed out on the final vote but received special commendation for their fantastic work; Thomas C, Ruby B, Thea B, Mikey H and Jack P.
All eight finalists’ designs have been put to a public vote for the most favoured crossing. The winning entry will provide the inspiration for a real-life future Medina crossing as part of the Isle of Wight Council’s ‘Newport Harbour Masterplan’.
Click here to vote now! (No personal details required – you can vote from any device once)
Voting will close on Friday 15 June.
Taylor M – “Medina Quay Under The Sea”
Beth L – “The Island’s Eye”