Sunday, 8 August 2010
First Round of Presentations - Day Three Wednesday 04-08-2010
Today the 9 teams presented each of their schemes to the stakeholders at The National Botanical Gardens of Wales to vote of a preferred option for each of the three sites. The stakeholders included The Gardens Board and administration, The Welsh Countryside Council and residents of the area who use the gardens regularly. The day began with the teams pulling together their presentations, photographing their models and thinking about how to show the key people involved in the gardens why their scheme should be chosen.
After lunch the teams packed up their models, drawings, memory sticks etc on the bus to make the journey back to The Gardens. Each team had 10 minutes to present, with comments and questions from the audience after.
The stunned expressions and gratifying responses from all the guests was representative of the professionalism and skill of each of the teams in presenting the work they had undertaken in the previous 48 hours.
The Vice Chair reflected that he was most impressed and offered sincere congratulations to the students for the scale of work and talent had gone into the last 48 hours work.
The representative of the Welsh Countryside Council said he was 'just amazed'. He said most interested parties had been unable to see how to resolve some of the design problems with the park to date and he described the solutions offered as 'brilliant'.
The community representative said the presentations were 'suberb and very professional' noting that he could see all of the ideas being developed in the garden.
Rosetta, the Director of the Gardens expressed her appreciation to the students for their assiduous reponse in the presentations to Welsh heritage and folklore.
After a quick round up of the schemes from the talented Cilla Black...I mean the very professional Dr Hardy, the audience were tasked with choosing a preferred scheme for each of the sites.
It was a very close competition and of course each group were winners at this stage, but to refine the designs further over the next 24 hours only 3 schemes could be taken forward. The teams waited anxiously to see the full results on Thursday morning...