Look! St Albans listens to school pupils

YOUNGSTERS’ visions of a new building for St Albans city centre have been collated as part of the ongoing drive to create a design “wish list” for the area.

Look! St Albans aims to shape a design code for St Albans inspired by those iconic elements which residents believe best characterise the city centre.

With the catchline of “inspired by the past... picture your future”, the initiative is calling on residents, visitors and workers who use the city centre to share their ideas and favourite photos of St Albans, which will be used to create specific design rules for new buildings and spaces in the area.

The Look! St Albans steering group asked pupils from Aboyne Lodge to produce pictures of a new building for the city centre based around the project’s catchline.

They were asked to think about its potential use, its shape and colours, specific details, where it would be located and who would use it. The pupils’ pictures will be uploaded to the Look! St Albans Flickr site and displayed at the campaign’s public events.

Peter Trevelyan, chair of the steering group and vice-chair of St Albans Civic Society, said: “I am delighted at the way the children of have responded to the request to take part in the Look! St Albans project. Aboyne Lodge School is right in the centre of the city, so it is wonderful to have their contributions to an exercise which should help determine the future appearance of the city.”

Cllr Teresa Heritage added: “St Albans council is delighted to be a part of the Look! St Albans project. We were particularly keen on getting young people involved in the project as it is about shaping the design of the city in the future. We received some fantastic artwork and we hope that the children will come along to the events with their families.”