Group 27

We will be running a concept design competition to design a community centre to connect the residents of Hopton Court to one and another and the greater community. Throughout the MSA Live you will be engaging with the clients taking on board their needs and coming up with sketch scheme designs. These designs will be presented to the client and will feed into a real-life future scheme at Hopton Court.

Hannah B / Anna Mary L / Jack W

Tong Gao

Hi I’m Tong!

Atelier: Advanced Practice

Hometown: Shaanxi, China

Undergraduate: University of Liverpool

Worked At: Investigation and protection of ancient buildings in Fujian.

Experience: Worked on Suburban housing which included sustainable, open plan and community concept. Currently working on a health neighbourhood community hub at the North Manchester General hospital.

Skills: Rhino, Auto cad, Adobe suite

Architectural Interests: Community Architecture and Sustainable Design

Hobbies & Interests: Outdoor sports such as skiing and rock climbing.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:20
Anna Lavery

Hi I’m Anna!

Atelier: Infra Space

Hometown: Sunderland

Undergraduate: Manchester School of Architecture

Worked At: Blake Architects, Chris Beardshaw Design

Experience: I’ve worked on residential projects, working with barn conversions, listed buildings and new builds, mainly in the Cotswolds AONB. I have also worked as a landscape design assistant and I’m currently working with a charity on a children’s playground in Bangladesh.

Skills: Sketchup, Adobe Suite, Vectorworks and Graphic Illustration

Architectural Interests: Alternative architectures and social housing

Hobbies & Interests: live music, cooking, hiking, art and politics
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:20
Jack Whitehouse

Hi I’m Jack!

Atelier: Advanced Practice

Hometown: Birmingham

Undergraduate: Leeds Beckett University

Worked At: Donald Insall Associates

Experience: I worked for a practice specialising in architecture conservation for 2 years. Based in the Birmingham office I worked solely with Listed Buildings and those of Historic value. Focusing on the care, repair and adaptation as well as designing new buildings for sensitive sites.

Skills: Adobe Suite, Revit, AutoCad, SketchUp

Architectural Interests:

The interaction between people and buildings.

Sustainable design strategies.

Hobbies & Interests: Road Cycling and Racing, Football and Music.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:21
Wenze Xie

Hi I’m Wenze!

Atelier: Advanced Practice

Undergraduate: University of Liverpool

Hometown: Zhejiang, China

Worked At: Guangxi Rongtai Architectural Design Co., Ltd

Experience: Worked on residential and gallery projects. Currently working on community centre in North Manchester which covers commercial areas, education and activity spaces.

Skills: Adobe suite, AutoCad, Sketchup, Rhino

Architectural Interests: Community project and sustainable design

Hobbies & Interests: swimming, yoga
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:22
Hannah Byrom

Hi I’m Hannah!

Atelier: CPU

Hometown: Bolton

Undergraduate: Manchester School of Architecture

Experience: I have previously worked on residential, commercial and church projects. Also have worked as a trainee site manager on social housing refurbishment sites.

Skills: Adobe suite, ArchiCAD, Revit, Rhino and Grasshopper

Architectural Interests: Community projects and housing for the elderly

Hobbies & Interests: I like bouldering, hiking, live music and cooking
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:25
Yuxi Yang

Hi I’m Yuxi!

Atelier: &rchitecture

Hometown: Sichuan, China

Undergraduate: University of Liverpool

Worked At: Southwest Architectural Design Institute

Experience: Working on community centre and elderly housing in Liverpool and Manchester. At present I am working on a renovated project about a converted an abandoned abattoir in East Manchester into a sustainable community centre.

Skills: Adobe suite, AutoCad, Sketchup, Rhino

Architectural Interests:

Community housing design

Sustainable architecture

Landscape architecture

Hobbies & Interests: Drawing, music and movies
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:25
Joseph Cox

Hi I’m Joseph!

Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

Hometown: Matlock, Derbyshire

Undergraduate: University of Liverpool

Worked At: jmarchitects

Experience: Working on a mix of educational and residential projects in and around Manchester and Sheffield. While in practice I was given the opportunity to be project lead on a primary school project in Sheffield.

Skills: Adobe Suite, Revit, AutoCad, SketchUp, Photography

Architectural Interests:

Sustainable Design

Improving architecture for the unseen disabilities

Hobbies & Interests: I’m really into photography, art, hiking, music and rugby
Posted 2 Mar 2021 11:27
Hi I’m Sophie from CLASS!

Community Led Action and Savings Support (CLASS) is a small, registered charity which provides professional support to savings groups affiliated to Greater Manchester Savers and their associated networks.

CLASS also supports affiliated savings groups in other towns and cities as these emerge through community exchange and mobilisation.

CLASS is committed to supporting and facilitating community-led processes.

CLASS works hard to protect this principle of community leadership.

CLASS also encourages and supports women to take on leadership positions within savings groups and in their communities.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:32
Connected Community is working with GM Savers to provide a community centre for Hopton Hopefuls, the residents of Hopton Court. Hopton Hopefuls will be engaged throughout the design process, reflecting the community-focused ethos of the project.

Hopton Court is a social housing block. The design will be sympathetic to the aging population, ensuring it is fully accessible to those with age-related mobility issues.

Community cohesion is key to the project, with the community centre acting as a driver for social interaction. The space will be for residents to meet, host social activities and attend to care needs; the space will be key to improving the resident’s physical and mental health. Overall, the project aims to improve the general social wellbeing of the residents.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:46
Connected Community will provide an insight into the world of an architecture practice. Dealing with RIBA stages 1 and 2, we will be looking at how to translate the consultation process into architectural solutions. Dealing with the early stages of design, we will be working closely with our collaborator and client, developing client meeting and presentation skills. The project will be running similar to an architectural competition, providing further experience of in-practice scenarios.

As we are focussing on the early design stages the key skills which will be developed are sketching, digital modelling (Sketchup), Photoshop and Indesign. These skills will be used to produce impactful images for presentations to the client and a design feasibility booklet.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:51
Meet The Client!

Hopton Hopefuls are a group of older social housing tenants who live in Hopton Court tower block and are affiliated to the Greater Manchester Savers network.

Hopton Hopefuls came together because they needed change in their community. The gentrification of Hulme and the expanding city centre along mass increase in student accommodation have left older Hulme residents without access to social spaces. This has increased isolation which has impacted on residents physical and mental health. Services in the Hulme area like GPs and dentists, are stretched with the student influx. Most of the residents have lived in Hulme for many years and despite all of this they wish to stay. Hulme has always been a mix of cultures and communities: it is creative political, change-making and its always felt inclusive, until now. They feel forgotten as their neighbours are forced into care homes away from family and friends as there is no supported accommodation for older people in the area.

Hopton Hopefuls and GM Savers are trying to develop something called a ‘Naturally Occurring Retirement Community’ this would include a suitable community space being developed.
Posted 12 Mar 2021 14:37
Guest speaker announcement:

Who: Craig Stott

Practice: Project Office

About: Working and designing for the community, architectural solutions and designing on a low budget.

Project Office is co-directed by Craig Stott and Simon Warren, architects and senior lecturers in Architecture at Leeds Beckett University in which they have undertaken diverse projects within the Leeds City region including ‘The New Wortley Community Centre’ which Craig is going to present and provide discussion on how this was approached and provide a real insight into community driven work.

Find out more information about 'Project Office' here:
Posted 17 Mar 2021 20:13