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Live Projects 2016

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St Thomas’ Gym

The Brendan Ingle Foundation, Wincobank, Sheffield

The Brendan Ingle foundation support and help to run St Thomas’s gym. The gym was set up by Brendan Ingle in 1964 and has a worldwide reputation for nurturing talent such as Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, Prince Naseem Hamed and Kell Brook. Training includes focus on poise, balance and movement and is based on Ingle’s unique training regime, which uses specific lines mapped out onto the gym floor.

Initial client aspirations include improving the attractiveness and function of the boxing gym area, creating an extra floor on the existing building, explore existing and future needs of the boxing gym, develop how external space can be utilised in relation to immediate and local vicinity.

Revealing the Castle

Friends of Sheffield Castle

The Friends of Sheffield Castle (FOSC) are a voluntary group who aim to protect, promote and reveal the archaeological site of Sheffield Castle for the benefit of the people of Sheffield and surrounding areas, and for future generations.

Sheffield Castle was first built in timber shortly after the Norman Conquest and then in stone in 1270. The castle and surrounding structures grew through the following centuries becoming one of the largest castle complexes in Europe. Remains of the Castle now lie beneath the site of the recently demolished Castle Market, some identified through past archaeological digs, some still uncharted.

Students will work closely with FOSC to develop a phased regeneration strategy for the Castle Site to include design proposals.

The Civic University

R-Urban Wick & Partners, London

The Civic University is an experimental educational model that teaches participants and citizens to be at the forefront of decision-making in how the city is made, imagined, negotiated and managed. It can be defined as a platform for knowledge exchange and debate, comprising a network of ‘civic classrooms’.

Students are invited to develop such classrooms and a series of masterclasses to take place within them, exploring ecological and civic practices – e.g. urban farming, recycling, self-build, energy production. This alternative eco-civic curriculum will be developed by the students based on their direct engagement with four London sites and the local community groups operating within them.

The project connects to a wider research project, EcoDA, which investigates possibilities for codesigning urban resilience using open-source platforms (

Greenhill Library

Friends of Greenhill Library, Sheffield

Like many local libraries in the UK, Greenhill Library has recently faced the threat of closure, as councils struggle with ever tightening budgets. It is now run by an enthusiastic and committed voluntary group, FROGL (Friends of Greenhill Library).

The Friends want to develop the building into a community hub in an area where there is no other community centre. Their vision for the building is to reinvigorate a library service that remains relevant to the local community: to extend the existing services but also to implement new services that better meet the needs of the community in the 21st century.

St Peter’s Churches

Diocese of Chester, Congleton & Chester

Students will work with the Diocese of Chester, looking at the feasibility of reconfiguring and/or extending two of their Churches: St Peter’s Church in Congleton and St Peter’s Church in Chester. They will be asked to liaise with each Church – their Warden or Curate – its parishioners and the wider community, to help the Diocese to explore opportunities to adapt and better use the space in each building.

The client’s aspiration for St Peter’s, Chester, is to reorder the interior to improve its function as a place of worship and as a welcoming and accessible flexible community space. For St Peter’s, Congleton, the client is considering options to extend the church or to build a separate church hall.

Community Economies

Brave New Alps, Italy

Through investigations across the UK and the development of proposals for a site in Northern Italy, students will explore diverse social and democratic ways of developing community economies. Working closely with client Brave New Alps, a cultural association and design collective based in Nomi, Trentino, students will actively take part in the work to establish a community-based research-and-resource centre through which to intervene -- locally and trans-locally, through ideas and processes of production -- in the making of commons and community economies.

ReMaking Gainsborough

West Lindsey District Council, Gainsborough

Gainsborough is a vibrant market town on the edge of North East Lincolnshire. It has a rich history including being one of the capital cities of Anglo Saxon Mercia, later becoming England’s largest inland port. Despite its rich history the town is at risk of loosing its conservation area status.

The Live Project seeks to work in partnership with West Lindsey Council (WLC) to explore the redevelopment of the historic heart of the town. An ambitious team at WLC has been working with Latham Architects to develop an Historic Appraisal and Development Framework Document. They are now seeking to work with the Live Project Team to engage the local community in developing a community led Supplementary Planning Document that explores how the town centre can be made an open and vibrant place to live, work and shop. The project will explore how the town centre can be greened, flood resilience improved and town centre living encouraged through a heritage led strategy.

RUSS Self-build

RUSS, Lewisham, London

The RUSS (Rural Urban Synthesis Society) is a community land trust developing an ambitious housing project at the Church Grove site, in Lewisham. The project is self-build and the group are working closely with Architype through a co-design process.

The project will allow an element of experimentation, research and testing that would not otherwise have been possible in the project’s timeline and budget, and the Live Project team will benefit from the detailed knowledge of sustainable, and self-build construction developed by Architype over the last 30 years, as well as having access to Sheffield-based Chopshop CNC to test and prototype any digital fabrication elements if required.

The project will also be an opportunity to work with SSoA alumni at both Architype, RUSS and Chopshop!

Vestry Hall

Israac, Sheffield

ISRAAC Somali Community and Cultural Association was established in 1981 with an aim to assist the Somali community in gaining access to a wide range of services in local society. Israac occupy a listed Vestry Hall which was built in 1857 in Gothic Revival style.

Having been supported by the local Authority for 35 years, Israac are currently going through the process of gaining a long-term lease for the building. The group would like to explore a range of opportunities to transform their building through interventions at a variety of scales and across a range of time frames. Israac also would like the Live Project to engage the wider Sheffield population. It is hoped that this approach will offer new opportunities for revenue capture and a widening of Israac’s offer.

Glodwick Pool

The Ghazali Trust, Oldham

Students will be working with the Ghazali Trust, in Oldham (Greater Manchester), to help them develop their aspirations and requirements for new community-hub, in a recently purchased building.

The Ghazali Trust is a charitable organization founded in 2004, which uses sports, education, arts and community participation to help members of the community achieve their potential and gain confidence in their own abilities.

Hemingfield and Cortonwood Stations

Elsecar Heritage Railway

Elsecar Heritage Railway is run by a group of volunteers committed to conserving and developing The Coalfield Line for the education and enjoyment of all. The line currently runs one mile from Elsecar to just beyond Hemingfield Colliery. It has a selection of historic engines, carriages and machinery and the group is always looking for new ways to engage with a wide range of people.

Currently the line just stops where the rails run out so the next big project is to extend the line by a mile to nearby Cortonwood. This offers the opportunity to look at how to cbest connect with the route; highlighting points of historical and ecological interest, telling stories, building stations, as well as overcoming the physical challenges of roads to cross, rivers to ford, hills to climb.

A Haven for Young People

Sheffield Futures, Sheffield

Sheffield Futures offers a range of services aimed at young people in the City to help them with every aspect of their lives. They support them in schools and youth clubs and through their drop-in centre on Division St. They work to protect vulnerable young people from risk and to support them to live positive and productive lives.

Sheffield Futures want to develop and extend the support for vulnerable young people as they transition to adolescence and adulthood. Sheffield Futures’ ambition is to create a thriving city centre hub including a library of self-help resources, calm spaces for informal group and youth support work, health based provision, and a ‘crisis café’ – together forming a ‘haven’ for young people.

In this Live Project students will work with the Sheffield Futures team and a group of 16-25 year olds to build a detailed brief for the ‘haven’ and develop a design vision that can be implemented over the next 12 months.

Future-Active Factory Re-Fit

Made North, Sheffield Design Week

This project will explore how makers, architects, and manufacturers can collaborate to future-fit their factories for a future energy landscape and a carbon-constrained future. Working with factory partners across the city of Sheffield, students will engage with a number of different makers to ‘hack’ factory sites, plan strategies for reducing energy demand, and make prototypes that consider energy use, at the scale of a workshop, factory and the city.

The client, Made North, is interested in establishing a resource that could activate collaboration between the different design disciplines within the city. The Live Project will test how future-fit might work at a series of factory sites, leading up to the development of a public event for Sheffield Design Week with Made North at Persistence Works.

Goldthorpe Railway Cuttings

Barnsley Council & Big Local, Goldthorpe

Goldthorpe is a former mining community in South Yorkshire, left devoid of a sense of purpose following the mine closures of the 1980s. The village carries the physical and psychological scars of its industrial past, and has struggled to find a new sense of purpose. The railway cuttings which used to service the collieries cut through the heart of the village, but now serve only as a dumping ground.

The project will seek to identify, visualise and evaluate possible new uses for the disused railway. The clients will be asking students to work with the local community to develop and test ideas, to identify potential funding streams, and to develop a timeframe and action plan for implementation.

St Wilfrid’s Centre

St Wilfrid’s Centre, Sheffield

St Wilfrid’s is a day centre for vulnerable adults located close to the city centre in Sheffield.

The Centre is located in a former church and presbytery. Services provided include: meals and snacks; support and advice; training and skills development; social events. Next to the existing centre is a potential site for expansion and across the road is a sister residential project, Home at St Wilfrid’s.

The centre has been in existence for over 20 years and the use of the premises and the services provided has developed on an ad hoc basis. The client’s initial aims are to improve accessibility, usability and appearance; to make their workshops a healthier and safer place to be; to think about what might be.