May 29, 2009: Five 'mood boards' arrived today from Scottish and Newcastle, designed to show what the new George could look like. They include sketches of the floor plans which you can click on below. The boards will go on show in the Community Centre Monday so be sure to get down there to take a look.
Ground floor plan here.
First floor plan here
If these proposals are accepted the old George is gone, except for the front which we are told will be the same as it was. But there are some good aspects. The mood is modern; the intended 'look and feel' are suggested in the attached detail from one of the mood boards showing the Blue Ball pub, another of the projects undertaken by DMP. The pictures show the kind of intimacy that's found in lots of places today and that could attract a new kind of audience to the town. Note the open plan olde worlde-ness, which might easily be kitsch but someone is taking care it seems. At first sight we liked it, but in truth it's sentimental repro and the soul of the old George is not to be seen. There's nowhere for large meetings and the old cobbled 'street' appears to be a glorified foyer! Hah! Maybe Latin can help - dimitte praeterita specta ad futuras. What do you think?
Don't forget to visit the Community Centre to see the 'mood boards' for yourself, especially the colours, materials and general style of the design. We may have got it wrong! Remember that these are only proposals and you can object to them if you wish. Your voice can be heard.