Tom Kimberley: The Revival of Plymouth’s Pier

Tom Kimberley

My Name is Tom Kimberley and I am originally from Bristol. I am also currently a third year Architecture student at Plymouth University, about to head out into the world of architectural practice before moving onto complete my part 2.

Social media links:

Instagram: @trkimberley

Online portfolio: kimberleyarchitecture.co.uk

Name of my project:

The Revival of Plymouth’s Pier

Project Information:

This project acts as a primer for a larger scale project to come which will focus on the actual re-design of Plymouth's Pier.

Plymouth is a city that has found itself lost in it's direction and disconnected from it's identity. The identity of Plymouth lies with the ocean, but the city does not make use of the oceans full potential. The project focuses on the waterfront and seeks the revival of Plymouth's Promenade Pier which was destroyed in the Plymouth Blitz. Within the year group master plan, it was proposed that the pier becomes part of a maritime museum that is split up across the city's historical sites such Drakes Island and the Devonport submarine museum. This scheme takes on the narrative of The Mayflower Voyage and Mayflower 400, which is a celebration of 400 years since the Mayflower Voyage. What this scheme proposes is the re-introduction of the pier gateway to the waterfront. The location of the gateway is a crossing point for all of the transport systems that are being integrated into the city within the proposed year group master plan. The gateway will become a simple shelter that is then implemented not only at the gateway to the pier, but also in every transport stop located around the city.

Each of these shelters then become an exhibition space, exhibiting a part of the Mayflower Voyage and the Plymouth Colony. The exhibits will take on the mechanisms of amusement that are present on the pier and then juxtapose theses against the mechanisms that contribute to the growth of the Plymouth Colony. By integrating these exhibits into the various transport stops of the city, it gives reason towards the insertion of a new transport system. It gives something back to the city and those within it.

The style and representation of the project is also testament to the legacy of this project. The comic book style works well with the theme of amusement that is present within the proposition but it also plays a bigger role. Part of the brief given for the project was to think about how the architecture that we create can be represented to reach a bigger audience than just 'other architects'. The comic book style of the work allows the information that is being displayed to be understood by almost anyone as it is something that most people will be able to relate to. I hope that it will be able to engage those who live in Plymouth so that they don’t just see the project as another architects view on what they think the city needs.