Querceus Design, Wide Sky and the Workhaus have joined together to provide the interpretation scheme for Clevedon Pier. The scheme will allow visitors to learn more about the Pier itself, Clevedon town and the ecology of the Severn Estuary. These three companies with their wide experience and expertise in the Museum and Heritage Sector have collaborated on many projects, recently on Hengistbury Head visitor centre near Bournemouth, an important archaeological site and a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) with 14 different types of natural habitat.
Querceus Design is a long established award winning company with a varied portfolio of projects and clients including the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, the Houses of Parliament as well as numerous private trusts and local authorities. One of the particular strengths of the company is its sensitive approach to interpretation within historic buildings. Querceus Design was part of the bid team that helped to secure Heritage Lottery Funding for the Pier.
Wide Sky Design are specialist designers of interactive exhibits, audio-visual exhibits, display systems and equipment for the museums and exhibition sector. Extending the visitor experience beyond the physical sites they also deliver mobile, augmented reality and web applications for cultural and heritage attractions. Past projects include Westonbirt Arboretum, the World of Beatrix Potter and Caerphilly Castle.
The Workhaus is a specialist museum workshop with a wide scope of skills, creative and technical. The company has worked on a varied array of projects including The Cutty Sark, Bovington Tank Museum, Chelsea Football Museum; and Plymouth Art Gallery & Museum – in partnership with Querceus Design.
The work is expected to be completed early in 2016 to coincide with the opening of the new Visitor Centre.
Michael Oakenfull, the owner of Querceus Design said “The team are very excited to be working on this project for the Pier Trust. We are looking forward to the challenge of coming up with ideas that will compliment what John Betjemen described as ‘the most beautiful pier in England’.
Simon Talbot Ponsonby, Chairman of the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust said “We have found the ideal partners for this work. We intend to provide information, artefacts and displays which will enrich the visitor experience. The Pier, the town of Clevedon and the Estuary have a lot of good stories to tell.”