Roundhay Park

Visitors Centre, Retail Outlet & Education Centre

Brief/Challenges

Paragon Creative’s brief was to develop a visitor centre from a dilapidated Victorian Conservatory in line with HLF expectations. The visitor centre needed to be a flexible space and appeal to a vast array of abilities and interests. Exterior signage was also supplied as well as a brand identity. 

Project and Site managed by Paragon Creative. We ensured that one of our experienced project managers was a constant contact for our client and on site throughout the install. 

Our content brief was to focus upon the key areas of interest within the park; Archaeology, Geology, Ecology, Popular Culture and History. 

All the design took place in house and we produced full CAD drawings for our CNC operators and joinery teams to work from. These are kept on our internal network for future reference if required. 

The joinery works are of the highest standard. The facility is heavily frequented by school parties so we designed the joinery to not only look stunning but also to be practical and safe. 

When we first visited site, the conservatory was a shell, we liaised with the local authority contractors to ensure necessary power was provided where we needed it and that lighting and signage was located in line with the planned exhibition. 

We installed new flooring and had scenically painted the walls prior to the final fit out so our teams were instructed to ensure that they worked with care to protect these surfaces. 

Commission

Paragon was principal contractor on the project and developed and worked with the Councils interpretation and Collections team and the HLF coordinator to complete the design development, build and installation of the visitor centre fit out, which included model making, props, set works, and mechanical and AV interactives, the retail environment and the education centre.

Our Client: Leeds City Council, Leisure Services

Designed by: Paragon Creative

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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