Rochester Riverside supports bug house building sessions for local school children


Rochester Riverside continued its support of the next generation of Medway’s artistic talent through an exciting creative workshop for pupils from St Margaret’s at Troy Town CofE Primary School. Organised by public art consultancy, FrancisKnight, on behalf of Rochester Riverside, artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi worked with school pupils to build a new bug house for the school.

The purpose of the workshop was to raise awareness of the natural environment that is special to Medway, in particular, linking natural habitats and wildlife with urban landscapes.

Katayoun, who has been commissioned by FrancisKnight to produce bespoke artwork for Countryside and Hyde’s £419m regeneration scheme, Rochester Riverside, worked with groups of pupils to build a large, triangular bug house using a range of natural materials, including willow. The children were able to bring their ideas to life, creating bug scale windows, ladders, entrances and even a curved staircase going into the main bug house. The children decorated the house, using Cyanotype ‘sun printing’, a photographic printing process that uses light to create a silhouette effect. Each pupil was also given a small circle of wood to apply their own Cyanotype design and take home.

The magnificent bug house has been designed to create a natural habitat for bug life and encourage biodiversity. The bug house will be located in the garden of the school.

Katayoun’s artwork, which has been inspired by the salt marsh plants found at Rochester Riverside, will be located among bespoke seating and wall features located in Station Square and along the river walk in phases one and two of the development.

Rochester Bug House
Pupils from St Margaret’s at Troy Town CofE Primary School