Landscape practice Colour: Urban Design has won the competition to design a memorial to Hull Trawlermen.
It beat two other finalists, one by Plincke, and the other by a team consisting of Dress for the Weather, FACTORY Architecture and artist Jacqueline Donachie.
The winning entry was a collaboration with artist Gordon Young, who produced a memorial sculpture at the centre of the piece.
The organising idea is to create an informative, emotive and respectful journey though the memorial grounds, from the safety of ‘home’, through ‘docks’ to the ‘open sea’. This is a progression of spaces which begins with enclosure and shelter in the arrival space and ends with the exposure to the sea and the elements.
The large ceremonial space is designed for the capacity of commemorative events such as The Lost Trawlermen’s Day. A positive connection to the Humber and onwards to the sea is made by sloping the ground plane. This gently rises so that it gives the sense of a false horizon, disguising the footpath beyond and providing a greater connection to the water.
At the end of the journey and central to the ceremonial space is Gordon Young’s sculpture – the focus of loss in the memorial ground. The many thousands of lost trawlermen have no graves so the group memorial provides a place for family and friends to pay their respects, lay flowers, touch the tactile surface and remember.
Drawing its inspiration from the fishing industry, the sculpture references a large net which has landed on a deck. Instead of fish however, the net contains hundreds of words which appear to be enmeshed and entangled in the net.
The client for the project is STAND, the St Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group. There were more than 79 entries to the competition.