Group 21
INSPIRE BRADFORD

In live collaboration with Bradford Civic Society, our team Inspire Bradford focuses on the heritage area of Bradford’s city centre, Little Germany. With an emphasis on building reuse and retrofitting, the project encourages our team to explore through a variety of scales as we consider the adaptation of existing buildings. The project brief is drawn from Bradford District’s Economic Recovery Plan (2020), in which the heritage site Little Germany is considered for a ‘Neighbourhood Retrofit’, creating a ‘15-minute neighbourhood’ in which access to local work, retail and services are sustained within the area. Through the development a masterplan for the site, we aim to offer solutions for the city that inspire the adaptive reuse of the existing structures. Our team will work collaboratively to investigate and understand the area of Bradford, consider relevant precedents and create a design proposal that creates a ‘Sustainable District’.

Catherine Zena P / Tania I / Jordan Hin Ho W / Jonathan B / Diana Iona U / Alexandru M

Social Value // The social value within Inspire Bradford considers the positive effect that adaptive building reuse and retrofit can have on cities and residents. The project intends to encourage the reuse of existing structures as an alternative to demolition and ‘the new’. The masterplan proposals will tackle current climatic issues and create a larger-scale solution to building fabrics and energy systems. On a local level, the project programme includes the upskilling of Bradford’s local communities which have been disproportionally affected by current circumstances. The project brief is drawn from Bradford District’s Economic Recovery Plan (2020), in which the area of the city centre in focus is considered for a ‘Neighbourhood Retrofit’, creating a ‘15-minute neighbourhood’ in which access to local work, retail and services are sustained within the area.
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Skills // Inspire Bradford will predominantly look at master-planning solutions to the Little Germany area of Bradford city centre. Within this project our team will develop skills in building reuse which are becoming increasingly important as the world endures the climate emergency. On a large scale, the task therefore introduces issues that are relevant in today’s society and challenges that architects, and urban planners will have to consider in the future. On a smaller scale, our team will consider particular heritage values of buildings, deciphering the need to remove and retain aspects and study the smaller details of a building’s fabric. We will develop these skills through live discussions and presentations with external architects, exploration through sketching and CAD modelling and visualisation software.
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Collaborator // Inspire Bradford will be working in live collaboration with Kieran Thompson from Bradford Civic Society. Since 1942, the organisation has championed Bradford’s heritage and built environment, with the mission to inspire Bradfordians to love where they live. They encourage higher standards of design and architecture in future developments and intend to achieve this within the area of Little Germany.

Find out more about Bradford Civic Society and the work they do at: https://bradfordcivicsociety.co.uk/.
Twitter: @Bradfordcivic
Instagram: @Bradfordcivic
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Catherine // MA01 // Hi, I’m from Manchester and working in the Continuity in Architecture atelier. I studied my Undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University before working with Bluesky Design Services. I worked for a year at the practice based in Stockport prior to joining MSA. One fact about myself is that I have two chihuahuas.
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Jonathan // MA01 // Hello, I live just outside of Manchester and am currently working in the Continuity in architecture atelier. Last year I completed my undergraduate degree at Newcastle University and went straight to study my Masters, so did not take a year out in practice. One fact about myself is that I have an unhealthy addiction to collecting architectural books (89 and counting)!
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Tania // MA01 // Hello, I’m from Manchester and my atelier is Continuity in Architecture (CiA). I completed my undergraduate degree at the Manchester School of Architecture and took part in ‘MSA Live’ myself. One fact about me is that I was born in Germany and lived there for a couple of years before moving to the UK.
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Jordan // MA01 // Hi, I’m from Manchester and my atelier is U.S.E. I also did my undergrad at MSA, but having moved directly to MArch from BA, I have not completed a year out in practice yet. A fact about myself is that I have lived in Manchester all my life and will probably never move away from the city.
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Diana // MA01 // Hi! I’m Diana and I’m from Romania. I moved to Manchester almost 5 years ago to study at MSA, then worked for a year at LSI Architects in London. I’m currently in the Continuity in Architecture atelier. One fact about me is that I have two tattoos, both with winter theme.
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Hi there! I’m Alexandru and I am a fifth-year student in the Continuity in Architecture atelier. Before this, I came straight from Romania to Manchester for my BA at MSA and a year in practice at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. One interesting fact about me is that I am into sports and recently got better at bouldering.
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Confirmed // Arup // We are pleased to confirm Terry Lee-Williams, Director of Transport Advisory Europe, from Arup for a live discussion and talk with Inspire Bradford on the ‘Designing of the Fifteen Minute Neighbourhood’ (FMN). We anticipate to spark some interesting thoughts and opinions on the designing of these neighbourhoods under the topic of building reuse and thinking about our site in Bradford. Terry will be joined by Manuel Garrido, Leader of Master-planning, and Lean Doddy, Euro Cities Leader, to join the discussions lead by Inspire Bradford.

Find out more about Arup’s fifteen minute neighbourhood on their website.
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Little Germany Article // Bradford Civic Society have shared on Twitter an article written in the Telegraph & Argus on the ‘New Proposals to bring life back to Bradford’s iconic Little Germany area’, outlining the live project we are involved in!
Read this article here: https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19137022.amp/?__twitter_impression=true
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