Group 31

In collaboration with City of Trees, we will be designing a new Home for City of Trees at Barnfield Park. Our goal is to come up with a masterplan that preserves the heritage of the site by reusing the existing building and materials on site into functionable work and training spaces for a new headquarters. Through visual graphics, we want to provide ideas for how this headquarters could look, function and engage with the local community. So, let's get greening and creative with reusing old materials!

Shiwen N / Mohamad Danial Haziq Bin MH / Jack G


Name: Mohamad Danial Haziq bin Mohd Hamdan
Atelier: CPU (Ai)
Undergraduate: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhino Grasshopper, 3DsMax, Corona Renderer.
Interests: Parametric Architecture, Metaverse, Computational Design.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 15:57

Name: Hanna Batrisya binti Che Zulhikam
Atelier: Some Kind of Nature (SKN)
Undergraduate: Oxford Brookes University
Skills: Rhino, Photoshop, Enscape, 3DS Max, Concrete Casting, Fabric Formwork, Metalworks, Modelmaking, Latexworks
Interests: Interior Design, Industrial Architecture, Landscape
Posted 14 Mar 2022 15:58

Name: Jack Garforth
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture
Undergraduate: De Montfort University
Skills: Model making; woodwork, metalwork concrete casting. Revit, Rhino, Photoshop, Lumion & photography
Interests: Brutalism, Modernism and timber construction.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 15:59

Name: Shaan Singh
Atelier: Some Kind Of Nature
Undergraduate: Leeds School Of Architecture
Skills: Design, Art, Model making, Painting, Digital Art, Film making, Revit.
Architectural Interests: Parametric Design, Urban / landscapes
Posted 14 Mar 2022 16:00

Name: Shiwen Ng
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture
Undergraduate: University of Dundee
Skills: Sketching, Photography, Photoshop, Indesign, Sketchup, Vray, AutoCad, Lumion
Interests: Adaptive Reuse, Interior Design, Critical Regionalism
Posted 14 Mar 2022 16:01

Jess joined the Community Forestry sector in 2005 after working in the media industry. Jess worked in a number of roles for Red Rose Forest and City of Trees before taking on the role of Forest Director in April 2019. Jess is also passionate about connecting people to the natural environment and her background in community engagement has developed into specialising in the relationship between health & wellbeing and the urban forest.

Posted 14 Mar 2022 18:12

Alex joined City of Trees in June 2021 having previously worked at the Alzheimer’s Society as a corporate account manager. As fundraising manager at City of Trees, Alex works with businesses across Greater Manchester to support their sustainability agenda and forge partnerships to help fund and deliver City of Trees projects across Greater Manchester. Alex works with businesses to organise CSR days, plan staff fundraising activity, deliver carbon offsetting schemes and helping to connect corporates to City of Trees local planting schemes. Alex has over 8 years experience of working as a Key Account Manager within the corporate sector and has a real passion for nature, sustainability and the outdoors. Alex can often be found walking and swimming in his native Cumbria with Ullswater and place fell as is his two favourite places to return to. Due to the history and mythology connected to them, Alex’s favourite tree is the Oak.

Posted 14 Mar 2022 18:13

The new HOME for City of Trees will be a hub for community engagement and training for jobs in forestry. We will be regenerating the site to new spaces for a headquarters that facilitates education and engages trees as a topic. You will participate in the designing of a masterplan that can introduce people to new initiatives and experiences and optimising the holistic benefits of working with plants and nature.


This project also gives us the opportunity to work with an existing building while reusing materials on site to preserve the heritage and character of the site. The site used to be a horticulture centre. Currently, there is a mix of 1970’s single story building, which is attached to a glass and steel section of interconnecting glass houses. There are also existing polycarbonate frames that could be refitted into useful spaces throughout the site, for events and local enterprises. The original growing beds with existing irrigation system are still there and our collaborator would like to turn this into a tree nursey too!


Adaptive reuse is a great way to tackle climate change ! Your challenge will be to come up with designs through reusing and recycling existing structures, and turning them into functionable work and training spaces for the City of Trees including offices, studios, workshops and a tree nursery!
Posted 14 Mar 2022 18:35
As part of this project, participants will be given the opportunity to explore various aspects of Lighting, Irrigation, Planting, Growing Frames, and "Furnitecture" design through sketching, basic software workshops, group discussions, visual rendering, and model making. There will be opportunities to gain a new understanding of how reusable material can be used to help future design projects and engage with the Prestwich community.


Week 1
Based on the brief, participants will be divided into five groups, each tackling a specific area of the site, such as lighting, irrigation, planting, growing frames, and "Furnitecture" designs. At the end of week 1, we will be having numerous designs/models to be finalized during week 2.

Week 2
We will be preparing a small exhibition to showcase our designs at Barnfield Park/ City of Trees office in Week 2.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 19:41
WEEK 1! : Activities Plan for the Week
Posted 15 May 2022 20:58
WEEK 2! : Activities Plan for the Week
Posted 15 May 2022 20:59
Site Visit!
Posted 15 May 2022 21:00
Posted 16 May 2022 21:27
Posted 16 May 2022 21:28
DAY 2!

Environmental Group: Here is a small sampling of today's site research conducted by our team. Our group has discovered site environmental studies, analyzed the sun and green space on site, and investigated the importance of polycarbonate tunnels within our site.

Our findings will be applied to the design development tomorrow, and we are all looking forward to it.
Posted 17 May 2022 20:37
DAY 2!

Accessibility Group: Here is a small sampling of today's site research conducted by our team. Using accessibility studies and analysis of public transport, bicycle routes, and footpaths, our group has found site accessibility issues. A heap of synthesis has been discovered, which will be applied to the design development tomorrow. This should be a lot of fun!
Posted 17 May 2022 20:43
DAY 2!!

History/Heritage Group: Here is a small sampling of today's site research conducted by our team. There used to be a house at the site during the 1800s and was replaced by a single brick building in 1970s which housed a horticulture centre. However, ever since the horticulture centre moved, the site was left empty, but we still think it shows great potential for a new purpose!
Posted 17 May 2022 21:21
DAY 2!!

Now having a better understanding of the site through site analysis, we worked together as a team to put together a masterplan that fits both the client and the site requirements! Some of the new function includes: offices, metting rooms, tree nursery, event space etc.
Posted 17 May 2022 21:27