Group 14

Marple is a historic town in the Stockport Council region. It has a rich history and the residents are proud of their home, but it is missing that defining centre piece which really captures the sense of place. It has been determined the missing piece is a new community hub which will be built in the middle of the Marple Memorial Park. Our collaborator is hoping that this project will be a catalyst and create a 'ripple effect' for further development in Marple. The design should be modern and striking as the site has many opportunities for a building of this scale; stunning views over the hill, surrounded by greenery and adjacent to a canal, banked with listed housing. Whilst care and consideration should be taken for the site, students should feel they have the freedom to engulf anything worth demolishing and attempt to incorporate the uses into their scheme. The core brief is to design a new community hub (containing a pool, gym, spa etc.) with the additional options for a library and anything else that you feel would benefit Marple. This project will involve all of the fundamentals of architecture; building design, urban design, landscape design and so is an amazing opportunity for a holistic learning experience.

Dilan V / Juliet Sara T / Xiaoxuan Z / Kefei Q

Hi Everyone, I'm Dilan! Here's some information about me:

BA Studies: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Infrastructure Space
Architectural Interests: Community Architecture, Public Buildings
Why I chose this group: Live project and a chance to have some real input. Touching upon all bases from building design to urban design
Hobbies: Football, Cricket, Golf
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:05
Hi Everyone, I'm Juliet! Here's some information about me:

BA Studies: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: CiA
Architectural Interests: Socially driven projects with a focus on place-making, heritage design.
Why I chose this group: Opportunity to explore a community-based project with a strong social impact through the exploration of wider urban planning and community engagement.
Hobbies: Baking, Model-making, Sketching, Hiking
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:08
Hi Everyone, I'm Keyan! Here's some information about me:

BA Studies: graduated from XJTLU in China
Atelier: USE
Architectural Interests: I'm really into Luis Barragan's design, also some projects reflecting culture and social conditions.
Why I chose this group: This group refers to a real project, which will give me more practical experience in the future career. And there is a valuable chance for me to communicate with GT3 architects.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:12
Hi Everyone, I'm Xiaoxuan! Here's some information about me:

BA Studies: Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University
Atelier: CPU
Architectural Interests: Public Buildings
Why I chose this group: interesting project for creating community in small scale urban design, thinking about the relations between locals, buildings and environment.
Hobbies: Sketching, Watching movies
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:14
Hi Everyone, I'm Kefei! Here's some information about me:

BA Studies: XianJiaotong-liverpool University
Atelier: CPU
Architectural Interests: Cultural architecture, atmosphere and experience in architecture.
Why I chose this group: This is a real project with social value and combination with human life. Personally, I would like to explore how to interpret the impact of architecture in urban environment.
Hobbies: Painting, Modelling, Video-making, Traveling
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:15
Hi Everyone, I'm Jack! Here's some information about me:

BA Studies: University of Nottingham
Atelier: Infrastructure Space
Architectural Interests: Buildings that benefit society and the environment. Projects which revolve around the people they’re designed for.
Why I chose this group: Exciting live project which will hugely benefit the local community once completed and the client seems like a real character we could work well with.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:16
Collaborator 1: Joe Jessop

Joe Jessop is the main collaborator for this project. He has been involved in the consultation process for the community hub with GT3 and other members of the Marple Community and Marple Civic Society, of which he is an active member. Joe was previously the Head of School at Manchester School of Architecture and so he is really keen to get involved!
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:31
Collaborator 2: Judith Atkinson, GT3 Architects

Judith Atkinson is our collaborator from GT3 Architects. She joined GT3 in 2015, gaining valuable experience in a range of sectors, including master planning, commercial, leisure and private residential schemes. GT3 specialise in sport and leisure, among other fields, so were key candidates for this project. They were hired by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council to organise feasibility work and create the initial brief for this mixed-use project in Marple’s Memorial Park which we as a team will be using as the basis of our project!
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:32
This project provides an exciting opportunity to revitalise the historic community of Marple. The wider social implications of this mixed-use project are fundamental to its success. What will start off as an isolated project in the park could become the centre point of an urban design scheme. The community hub which we will be designing together has the potential to create a ‘ripple’ effect in the surrounding area, encouraging economic and social prosperity, without losing the 'sense of place' that the residents love.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:46
Skills & Activities:

The varied nature of our project means there is an opportunity to learn numerous different skills. This will include tips on building and urban design from professionals, software use and formatting/presentation skills. These skills will be taught through workshops, live consultations with community groups and our project partners as well as networking with others in the industry!

This is a really good chance to focus and fine-tune skills that will be so valuable in the future!
Posted 1 Mar 2021 18:24
15/03/2021. 11:00am. Meeting with our collaborator, Joe.

This morning we had our second meeting with our main collaborator Joe Jessop. This was organised to catch up and discuss the session plan that we have been working on. Joe gave his input and we discussed the option of a live site visit to really capture the sense of place. This will encourage the team to learn by looking, by exploring, by experiencing the space, something that is difficult to do online.

We then continued to discuss the complexity of the brief and outputs. Joe gave us some workshop ideas that will help to determine the brief and programme for the community hub. This meeting was particularly helpful with the submission date of our session plan fast approaching. Stay tuned for further updates!
Posted 15 Mar 2021 18:08
19/03/2021. Guest Announcement!

We are delighted to announce that members from the Marple Civic Society will be giving a presentation during MSA Live!

Who are they and what do they do?

Marple Civic Society is a registered charity and was started by four architects who lived in Marple. They focus on Marple, the surrounding villages and the countryside within Marple north and south wards and aim to make the area a better place to live, work and visit.

Why have we invited them?

The members from the Marple Civic Society know what Marple is all about, what it needs and what they want! This will provide a better ‘sense of place,’ something that Joe, our collaborator has reiterated the importance of.

We look forward to welcoming them!
Posted 19 Mar 2021 14:29
18/03/2021. 03:00pm. Meeting with Scott and Saul from B.15 Modelmaking Workshop, UOM.

First we discussed how to organize the model making exercise in order to generate concept ideas. Scott and Saul suggested that we provide an example model and explain the detail requirement and expectations, as well as suggesting the materials and tools that will be needed so that students can produce the model quickly. This exercise will be great for a quick exchanges of ideas early on.
Posted 20 Mar 2021 10:33