Meet our collaborator Laura Sanderson,

Laura is a member of the Beech Road Park Road community and a senior lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Laura is looking for a creative and innovative scheme which provides meaningful community ties as well as becoming a feature for the park.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:56
Hi everyone my name is Grace, I joined Manchester School of Architecture in September after previously studying my BA at the University of Liverpool. I am in USE atelier and have really enjoyed my time so far! We have a great schedule planned which involves making and creating, I am really looking forward to meeting everybody and getting some innovative ideas flowing!
Posted 1 Mar 2021 19:38
Heya! Im a Fifth year currently in the Urban Spatial Experimentation Atelier, and have been in MSA since first year. My key skills include model making, sketchup, autocad, Photoshop and Indesign, so I will be there to assit you duirng MSA Live. Im looking forward to meeting you all, working and modelling together!
Posted 1 Mar 2021 20:44

The two week project will be split into two main acitivites, in the first week the participants will focus on research and design of the shed. There will be four groups focusing on different aspects of the shed and its functionality, these will rotate each day so everyone will have the opportunity to partake in each group. After finalising these ideas, in the second week the participants with focus on model making and experimentation with materiality, including some detailing. At the end, we will collate and produce a guide for a potting shed containing all the work produced.


Model making, producing technical details, hand drawing, building design, researching, site analysis and community work.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 20:45
Social value is a key driver within this community based project. The objectives for our event aim to design a potting shed which can be universal and used in many similar parks to Beech Field Road across the country. The shed should act as a public intervention which provides shelter, growing space, uses passive strategies, and most importantly provides social engagement.

This project is a wonderful opportunity to explore new and exciting ways to engage passers by as well as the existing community. The Friends of Beech Field road are excited about the prospect of receiving a proposal for the new potting shed which they would be proud to own in their park.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 21:17
Here is the site plan for Beech Road Park for those who are not familiar with the site. The park has some beautiful tree lines and fantastic green areas full of opportunities.

After a recent meeting with the Friend of Beech Road Park community the main message which came from the discussions were that this park is for everyone. The aim is to design an inclusive potting shed which everyone can use and can be used for different occasions; maybe planting and coffees in the morning and a small arts and festival scene in the evening.

We are looking forward to briefing our students next week and seeing how we can create an inclusive potting shed which can be adapted for many different types of occasions!
Posted 2 May 2021 12:28