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Students praised for new City Park website

Published: Fri 28 Aug 2015
Students praised for new City Park website

Developed by students at the University of Bradford, Bradford's new website for city park offers interactivity, a behind-the-scenes tour and an events calendar for the public to see what's coming up in our city centre.

Great for children and adults, cityparkbradford.com  allows visitors to toy with the different fountains and lights, learning about the different functions and roles as they play.

Though it is off-limits to the public, the subterranean control room beneath Bradford's award-winning City Park is now giving up some of its secrets thanks to a new, interactive website. Visitors to the site can have a tour of the below-deck layout and see how the computers, filters and pumps keep the water feature running.

The Digital Media Working Academy (DMWA) was tasked by Bradford Council to create an animated and interactive website, which is both tablet and mobile ready. A team of students from a plethora of course areas came together to develop the modern and exciting design.

Jonas Balakauskas - BA Graphics for Games, David Vann - BA Computer Animation, David Heaton - BA Photography for Digital Media and Vasiliki Delimpasi - BSc Web Design and Technology, worked alongside now BSc Web Design and Technology graduates: Oliver Keighley, David Maran and Bogdon Dogaru, as well as technical staff from the University. 

As well as helping to build the students' work experience and portfolios, all were paid for their work, something which the DMWA strongly believes in. The team were also lucky enough to be mentored by professional and well-known photographer, Bob Collier.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills and Culture, said: "I'm delighted we’ve been able to work with the bright students at Bradford University to come up with this great new web site.  Most of us never get to see the control room of City Park but now the web site features a virtual tour, we can all see the huge tank underneath City Park holding 500,000 litres of water and lots more besides. The students have done a great job."

David Vann, who studied BA Computer Animation, really enjoyed working on the project: "The city park website was a great task, which we have worked on outside our studies over the past year. It incorporated all our skillsets allowing us to learn from each other’s areas. My main role was to design and produce the animations to fit into the website."

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