Group 18

Our project is part of the In Our Nature Programme and our goal is to green the Northern Quarter through tackling climate change. By promoting sustainable living practices and improving the public space. The space will be used by the local community to grow plants. The project will focus on growing edibles and non-edibles for use in local businesses such as restaurants, and charities such as food banks. We will also be introducing a skatepark on the car park roof alongside sheltered seating areas. Join us and lets make the Northern Quarter a greener place.

Yicheng W / Christopher W / Rebecca H / Mayce A

Name: Chris Waltham

MArch Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

BArch: University of Brighton

Hometown: Brentwood, Essex

Skills: Revit, Enscape, Photoshop, Avoiding Hand Drawing, Model Making, Being undeniably from Essex whilst trying my hardest not to be.

Why I Chose In Our Nature: I chose In Our Nature because it is an exciting project in the Northern Quarter with genuine potential to be built. Our design proposal could help our clients gain lottery funding for a community garden on the top of an existing car park, and the prospect of making this happen made it something I really wanted to get on board with.

Fun Fact: I was once put to bed after a night out by World Champion javelin thrower and ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ winner Fatima Whitbread.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 15:30
Name: Mayce Arebi

MArch Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

BArch: Birmingham School of Architecture

Hometown: Manchester

Skills: Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, Vectorworks, Hand drawing, Screen printing.

Why I chose In Our Nature: Northern Quarter is one of my favourite places and this is the perfect opportunity to work on a live sustainable project in the area.

Fun Fact: During my free time, I enjoy lion spotting at the Peak District.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 16:06
Name: Yicheng Wu

MArch Atelier:&rchitecture

Hometown: Hangzhou, China

Skills: AutoCAD, Adobe ,Sketch up, Enscape, Vray, Hand drawing.

Why I chose In Our Nature: The creation of a green garden on top of the car park is fantastic, balancing the relationship between people and nature and in line with the need for sustainability

Fun Fact: I especially love watching pandas eat bamboo and can often spend a day at the zoo.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 18:13
Name: Rebecca Howe

MArch Atelier: MAKING

BArch: De Montfort University, Leicester

Hometown: Sheffield

Skills: Hand drawing, Model making, Rhino, Revit, Sketch up, Adobe suite, AutoCAD

Why I Chose In Our Nature: I chose In Our Nature as I believe the project will create a fantastic sustainable space which also has the potential to bring the community together. It will also provide a much needed green space in the very urban Northern Quarter.

Fun Fact: I once won an inflatable swimming pool on a night out.
Posted 15 Mar 2022 10:49
The skills that you will learn and develop within In Our Nature are centred around those gained in a real-life architecture project. To begin the first week, students will be taken to our site to analyse and document the space through sketching and photos. We will meet with members from In Our Nature to develop client-worker relationships, and from there we will work in small teams drawing, modelling, and collaging uses for the space on top of the Northern Quarter Car Park, with the first week leading to a presentation of our ideas to the external collaborators.

Our second week will be a development from our first, as we seek to create plans, elevations, atmospheric drawings and renders of the community garden space to present to the Manchester City Council. Through the help of the team and your peers, you will learn software’s like Photoshop, Indesign, Revit, Enscape, Sketchup, as well as sketching and collaging. You will work together to develop collaborative skills within teams and with the client, encouraging communication, team building and leadership qualities, whilst most importantly, having a good laugh!
Posted 15 Mar 2022 11:33
The aims of this project are to promote awareness and tackle climate change within Manchester by creating a community garden and inner-city green space in the Northern Quarter. Through our external collaborator, In Our Nature, we aim to create a greener city with the community garden that will be used by the public and restaurants in the Northern Quarter, promoting local sourcing of foods within the city. As well as this, the aim is to create a new space for social interaction, through the addition of a skate park, outdoor cinema, or event space – you decide with your design!

The overarching goal of this project is to gain more funding from the National Lottery Fund for In Our Nature to help this project get built, so not only will you be designing a great project in the Northern Quarter, but it could also get built!
Posted 15 Mar 2022 11:34
The Tib Street carpark roof transformation is an exciting project with many enthusiastic collaborators involved, all sharing the same goals to ultimately make Manchester a greener and more sustainable City.

The project is part of an Amity led programme called In Our Nature, which is lottery funded with the aim of bringing the community together to take action against climate change. They are collaborating with a subgroup from the Northern Quarter Action Group to achieve the community garden and inner-city green space. The NQAG is a cooperative partnership brought together under a bold vision for Manchester's Northern Quarter - one which is greener, builds the community, and enhances what’s special about the Northern Quarter.

Both bodies have funding available to support the projects, however the proposals we as a group put forward will be key in helping keep momentum for the project going and allow all the collaborators involved to envision what the space could be transformed into.

External collaborators to date include Manchester City Council who are supporting the NQAG and the Amity program and have already begun taking steps to make the idea a reality. Along with input from local and national charities and enterprises; A New Leaf MCR, Hubbub, Groundwork and Sow The City. Additionally Members from the National Trust are also onboard and are hoping the Tib Street carparks green transformation becomes a precedent for other urban cities to adopt.
Posted 15 Mar 2022 12:21

MSA Live is underway and today we met our design team! Unfortunately, due to typical Manchester weather we had to postpone our site visit to the Tib Street car park until tomorrow when the sun is (hopefully) shining again. Nevertheless, we cracked on in the comfort of the warmth and dry and got to introducing ourselves.


Beautiful drawing by a member of our team of our site with some different programme ideas.
Posted 16 May 2022 16:33

MSA Live is underway and today we met our design team! Unfortunately, due to typical Manchester weather we had to postpone our site visit to the Tib Street car park until tomorrow when the sun is (hopefully) shining again. Nevertheless, we cracked on in the comfort of the warmth and dry and got to introducing ourselves.

After some explanation of the project to our team, we got to brainstorming different ideas in small groups to see what fun things we could design on the rooftop of the car park. Here are some sketch ideas from our team, as well as us all working hard together.
Posted 16 May 2022 16:42

With the sun shining the team headed down to the Tib Street Car Park to do a site survey and meet our clients. We started off by doing a 10-minute drawing exercise of the exterior of the building to get the creative juices flowing, before heading upstairs to the car park roof top to do some more surveying.

We had a group meeting on the roof of the car park, where our project will be taking place, with Howard and Katherine from the Northern Quarter Action Group. It was great fun introducing them to the team as they outlined their hopes for the project.
Posted 17 May 2022 16:09

We then carried on with some further site investigation, taking photos of the roof top, and doing another quick drawing exercise to get a real feel for the space that we have to work with. Look at these amazing sketches by the team, careers as artists, as well as architects, we think!
Posted 17 May 2022 16:10

In the afternoon we headed back to the studio to brainstorm all the different ideas we had for the project, before splitting into two teams to work on developing these great ideas. Here are some programme collages by the students that show some of the amazing ideas we have for the rooftop of the car park.

We could see some sick kickflips coming in the Northern Quarter soon! And did someone say Pizza???
Posted 17 May 2022 21:35