Group 17

Westcroft Community Centre is a vibrant community space in the heart of Burnage, South Manchester. is committed to empowering, inspiring and improving the local community of Burnage. The primary objective of the project is to develop a proposal for the renovation of the existing space of Westcroft into a multi-activity space, enabling the Community Centre to meet the diverse needs of their visitors. Secondly, the project aims to reimagine and redesign the parking lot at the rear of the building, thus providing the Centre with additional activity space. The expanded outdoor space will enable the Centre to cater to multiple activities at once and amplify their reach to the community by expanding on the services provided by them. The new envisioned proposal will also enable the Centre to rent the space out for an additional source of income generation without compromising their primary purpose as a Community Centre. The project aims to provide Westcroft Community Centre a wider reach into the hearts of the community and help the Centre to be and do more than they already are. If you want to make a difference through design, come, join us on this journey to better the community.

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Ching Wei L / Nikhil Sharad B / Yukan Z / Eva J

Name: Eva Jain
Atelier: & Architecture
Nationality: Thai
Skills: Photoshop, Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, Enscape
Design Ethos: A design does not stand in isolation, it is a reflection of society. It also needs to take into consideration sensory design and other ways to benefit and suit all users.
Interests: Art, Photography, Travelling, Reading & Pottery
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:24
Name: Ching Wei Leong
Atelier: PRAXXIS
Nationality: Malaysian
Skills: Photoshop, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Enscape, Microsoft Word
Design Ethos: Form should be equally as important as function
Interests: Traveling, Dogs, Futsal
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:26
Name: Nikhil Bhagwat
Atelier: Making
Nationality: Indian
Skills: Photoshop, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino, Revit, Lumion, Premiere Pro
Design Ethos: Designing spaces of organized chaos for the users is the essence of architecture.
Interests: Music, Reading, Travel, Sports
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:27
Name: Yukan Zhu
Atelier: CIA
Nationality: Chinese
Skills: Photoshop, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino, Revit, Lumion, Enscape
Design Ethos: Architecture serves people, so the sense of spatial experience is the highest characteristic of architecture
Interests: Table Tennis, Music, Photography, Football
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:38
Name: Shola Akinyele
Atelier: PRAXXIS
Nationality: British
Skills: Revit, Photoshop, Sketchup, Lumion, Autocad, Enscape
Design Ethos: Design should be human-centered, aiming to enhance lives and bring some joy to all users
Interests: Traveling, Art, fashion
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:42

The Westcroft Community Centre is committed to empowering, inspiring and improving the local community of Burnage. They offer a safe and inclusive environment that supports all users and volunteers to help them realise their own potential.

As a result of collaboration with service users, Westcroft's motto is based on their values and inspires the company's philosophy. Their work connects neighbors with neighbors, local people with services and opportunities, and they work with a variety of partners. They cater to visitors of all backgrounds, needs, and circumstances by understanding the unique circumstances of everyone.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:58
Social Impact

Our project aims to reimagine and breathe new life into Westcroft’s indoor and outdoor spaces that will help the Community Centre to amplify it’s reach and empower the community. Through the betterment of spaces of the Westcroft Community Centre, the project will bring members of the diverse community of Burnage together. The culmination of our work with the collaborators will help to provide a welcoming environment for learning, building and overcoming social isolation.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 20:51

Group 17 kicked off the project by conducting a group introduction and icebreaker session. Subsequently, we proceeded to present our project to the BA1 & BA2 students and engage in a Q&A session to gain a deeper understanding of the project.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:22

Following the concise introduction, we proceeded to visit Westcroft Community Centre for a site visit. We guided the BA1 & BA2 students around the premises and briefed them on the collaborators' requirements, as discussed in our previous meetings. As a group, we also engaged in a brief on-site discussion regarding some initial design concepts.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:24

After completing the site visit, we convened as a group for a brainstorming session to exchange our preliminary design ideas. All members actively participated in the discussion and shared their ideas through both verbal and visual means. We then divided into two smaller groups, with one focusing on the outdoor spaces design and the other on the indoor layout. Our groups generated initial sketches and design concepts before concluding the day's session.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:25

Initial design sketches and concepts of how we re-imagine Westcroft.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:25

On the second day, we visited The Proud Trust, an LGBTQ community centre that shares a common objective of empowering, inspiring and enhancing the lives of the LGBTQ community through a supportive and educational space. The aim of this site visit was to seek inspiration from the design of other community spaces that could be adapted for use in Westcroft Community Center.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:32

Emily Crompton led us on a tour around The Proud Trust and provided us with a detailed explanation of each space and its design purpose. Additionally, we were given the opportunity to personally engage with some of these spaces, which aided in our comprehension of the intended design. This site visit inspired us with novel ideas on how to address some of the challenges faced by Westcroft Community Center.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:33

Bathed with fresh ideas gleaned from our visit to The Proud Trust, we proceeded to share our individual thoughts and reflections on the visit. We discussed which aspects of the visit intrigued us and brainstormed how these could be incorporated into our design proposal to enhance the user experience in each space.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:33

We allocated each team member a specific task to be included in our presentation slide for the initial client meeting. These tasks included floor plans, exterior backyard design, 3D perspective view, and materiality concept. We collaborated according to the agreed-upon design and compiled our work into the presentation slide.
Posted 16 May 2023 14:34

On the day of the presentation, Westcroft extended invitations to community members to attend and participate in our presentation for the initial design proposal. We showcased two design options for the interior layout and exterior backyard. Additionally, the BA students had an opportunity to present their work. Following the presentation, we engaged in a Q&A session where valuable comments and feedback were provided, helping us refine our design proposal for the final stage. The session was positive, with attendees enjoying the presentation and offering several suggestions for further design enhancements.

Posted 16 May 2023 15:27

We developed two design proposals for the backyard area, incorporating the concept of using shipping containers to house the existing food bank on the upper floor. Additionally, we maximized the open space in both proposals to create outdoor areas that can be utilized by Westcroft to expand their programs beyond the indoor space.
Posted 18 May 2023 14:37

After a refreshing weekend break, we kicked off the new week with an energizing icebreaker session that involved a karaoke session. We made full use of the university-provided equipment to enhance our project experience. The BA students delivered electrifying performances that uplifted everyone's spirits, alleviating the Monday blues.
Posted 18 May 2023 14:38

We commenced the session by conducting a SketchUp tutorial delivered by Eva to the BA students. This tutorial aimed to equip them with the necessary skills to assist us in the subsequent 3D modeling process. The enthusiastic learning attitude of the BA students facilitated quick learning and resulted in a highly productive session.
Posted 18 May 2023 14:39

Taking into account the feedback received from the previous presentation, we gathered as a group to develop a comprehensive design that addressed the input provided by both the collaborators and the community. Through rigorous idea exchange and collaborative discussions, we reached a consensus on the finalized design.
Posted 18 May 2023 14:44

Taking into account the feedback received from the previous presentation, we gathered as a group to develop a comprehensive design that addressed the input provided by both the collaborators and the community. Through rigorous idea exchange and collaborative discussions, we reached a consensus on the finalized design.
Posted 18 May 2023 14:47

Once we finalized the overall design and layout for the final proposal, we assigned specific tasks to each group member based on their respective strengths. We collaborated as a team and provided guidance to the BA students to ensure the desired output. The assigned tasks encompassed drafting floor plans, conducting interior and exterior 3D modeling, designing presentation slide layouts, creating blog posts, developing materiality concept boards, producing storage area design, and preparing a publication booklet.
Posted 18 May 2023 15:31

Before progressing to the production of the 3D model, we crafted a collage of materiality concept boards for each space, allowing us to visualize the intended aesthetic. Our design approach centered around creating a homely ambiance, which aligns with Westcroft's initial concept. The color schemes and material selections from the concept boards served as a reference for our interior 3D renders.
Posted 18 May 2023 15:31

The BA students contributed design sketches and concepts for the front porch, which were then incorporated into our overall design scheme.
Posted 18 May 2023 15:32

Addressing the primary concerns of Westcroft regarding the unsightly bin storage area and insufficient storage space within the building, we developed initial sketches and ideas to tackle these issues. These concepts were incorporated into our design proposal, which we presented to the collaborators.
Posted 18 May 2023 15:33

We performed a program analysis for both design options to ensure that the spaces function efficiently and facilitate the intended activities in those spaces.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:02

The images depict the process of the BA students using SketchUp to create 3D models of the interior spaces. The success of our tutorial session is evident as they were able to visualize the interior spaces based on the provided floor plans and reference the material concept board during the design process.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:03

At the conclusion of each day, we held feedback sessions where each group member presented their work to review the progress and receive constructive input from one another. These feedback sessions played a vital role in keeping everyone informed about the project's progress and ensuring that it remained on schedule.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:03

All drawings and sketches were meticulously documented in an online folder, simplifying the process of compiling the project materials. A dedicated presentation slide team was responsible for gathering the drawings created by the rest of the team members and consolidating them for our final presentation.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:04

We showcased our final proposal to both the collaborators and the communities at Westcroft Community Center. Our comprehensive proposal included two design options featuring detailed floor plans, interior and exterior renders, program analysis, and a bin storage area design.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:27

Interior visualization of the new proposed kitchen and office space.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:28

Visualization of the proposed backyard area for Option 1 & 2 with the utilization of shipping containers as the new food bank area.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:29

The Westcroft community greatly appreciated the presentation and expressed their delight with the re-imagined vision for Westcroft. Our proposal allowed them to envision the potential of the current spaces and what the center could become. Given their aspiration to enhance the existing spaces to accommodate more activities, we hope that our final proposal serves as a solid starting point for Westcroft in their pursuit of a better space for the community.
Posted 18 May 2023 16:30