Group 07

The agenda for PLAYBOX.CHORLTON is to design a community centre from four existing shipping containers. Our primary goal is to help combat food poverty and promote the health and wellbeing of children and their parents, whilst simultaneously being environmentally conscious.

Emily W / Seyed Ilia JS / Neda V / Hei Lam W / Billie P

Meet the Project Partner!

Jane Leach is an experienced chartered architect, a Green Register listed eco-refurbisher and a RIBA-accredited Conservation Registrant. She runs a successful practice called i-Architect which based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, South Manchester. She is passionate about delivering eco-conscious designs for local homeowners. Jane also has extensive experience in the private and education sectors as she worked for the 4th largest architectural company in the world. Her talent is evidenced through her numerous housing awards.

For more info please visit her website below:
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:22
Meet the Team!

Hi guys I’m Emily!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: PRAXXIS

BArch: University of Nottingham

Hometown: South London, UK

Part 1 Employment: Smith Brooke Architects, London

Fun fact: I lived my ultimate top gear experience by motorbike riding along the Hai Van Pass in Vietnam, where do I apply to be apart of the Sons of Anarchy?
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:05
Meet the Team!

Hi guys I’m Tiffany!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: InfraSpace

BArch: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hometown: Hong Kong

Part 1 Employment: Ronald Lu & Partners, Hong Kong

Fun Fact: I love eating and cooking… and sometimes would imagine buildings being all kinds of food while working on diagrams and 3d models!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:37
Meet the Team!

Hi guys I'm Billie!

March 5th Year Atelier: CiA

BArch: University of Nottingham

Hometown: Cheltenham, UK

Part 1 Employment: Ellis Williams Architects

Fun Fact: Marry Berry would be jealous of my skills in the kitchen. Let me know if you ever want to try the world's best macaroni cheese!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:37
Meet the team!

Hi guys I'm Ilya!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: &rchitecture

BArch: Art University of Tehran

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Part 1 Employment: Atieh Alborz, Tehran

Fun fact: Travelling is my passion, especially when it comes to camping.
My dream is to buy a van and pack my backpack, then go to explore the world.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:14
Meet the Team!

Hey guys, I‘m Neda!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: Advanced Practice

BArch: Manchester School of Architecture

Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania

Fun Fact: I am a self-proclaimed tea connoisseur and croissant enthusiast!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:17
Meet the Team!

Hi guys I’m Noss!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: Advanced Practice

BArch: Sheffield Hallam University

Hometown: Manchester, UK

Part 1 Employment: ca&d Architects

Fun fact: In-between degrees I served in special forces as a Military Working Dog Handler, before going onto specialising in luxury residential architecture whilst working in practice.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:43
Skills and Activities:

During the two weeks, we will help to create the perfect workflow for architectural visualisations but also encourage creativity through concept designs. We will guide students through new software which will help benefit their future studies.

Our aim is to develop a community centre through two competitions; a creative re-use strategy and a roof design. The final outputs should help capture the imagination of local residents.

We will have online workshops where both digital and physical model making will be introduced alongside adobe presentation software.

To round up each week we will be engaging with external partners including councillors and park committee members. Therefore, students will develop communication skills by presenting both concept and final designs to the board.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:16
Social value:

PLAYBOX.CHORLTON is a community-driven project, with a goal to create a social bridge between the two halves of Chorlton. We will focus on establishing a sense of community togetherness by reimagining and reinventing an existing shipping container site, right at the edge of Chorlton park. We aim to design an inclusive neighbourhood activity hub that will concentrate on communal and personal health and wellbeing, cooperation, and education. By exploring and redeveloping the pre-existing onsite materials, we aim to reduce the environmental footprint of our project, thus promoting sustainability in the community. The project will encourage local community engagement and enjoyment within the newly redeveloped spaces.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:19
Visit The Site!

Site is located in Chorlton Park, less than four miles from the city centre. An unused space at the park with four cabins (shipping containers).

This place is aimed to be transformed into a friendly atmosphere with green, lively, and multi-functional spaces as a community centre. All four cabins placed to face each other, in which two are attached to one another and the other two are the single ones. It is worth to mention that there are existing plumbing and electrics on the site.

Chorlton Park prides itself on its community links. The partnership that exists between the park wardens and The Friends of Chorlton Park has been invaluable in ensuring that the whole community enjoys the park's excellent facilities which include: Bowls Pavilion and enclosed Bowling Green, Children's Playground for Junior and Under 5s, Basketball Court, 5 a-side Football Areas, Junior Pitches and a dog-free zone.
Posted 10 Mar 2021 15:35