Group 25

The Miners Community Art and Music Centre is a community-led multifunctional venue which hosts a cinema, gym, music, café and more. This project will look at providing an outside social community seating space with planting for users and visitors to the centre. The design will be a wood decking at the entrance to the cinema and community gym. It needs creative design to encourage social interaction between members of Moston and provide pleasant seating space for people to relax. The project requires a set of drawings and visualisations with the intention of creating a physical model.

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Hannah G / Thomas S / Doga E / Chenyang P / Matthew S

The Miner’s centre was formally used as a pit head bath for Moston Colliery. It was used for miners to clean after working in the Moston Colliery. The coal mines were closed in 1950 and the building became used for a working man’s club until it was left derelict and neglected of years. In 2012 the building was repurposed and turned into a multifunctional community hub which entertains and educates hundreds of people within the community. They host a series of workshops and events to improve to social inclusion within the area. There is a café and bar which hosts music events and there is a cinema and gym in the back. The project started as a place for people with mental health issues but has since become a refuge for anyone within the community.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 13:24
Louis and Paula took control over the neglected former miners wash house in 2012 and have spent the last 10 years transforming the building into the vibrant community hub that it is today. Louis and Paula took over the building which had no water or electricity and have since, with the help of friends and volunteers, revitalised it. They run the organisation along with 8 volunteers who manage the café, events, and weekly clubs they host. As the organisation expands, they require outdoor decking which we are looking to design.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 13:47
During this project you will develop a variety of skills such as team building and people skills when communicating with the client. During the design process you will develop skills such as sketching, critical thinking and site research as we develop the project. We will then move on to the production and finalisation of the project which will develop skills such as graphic design, Software skills and model making.

These skills will be developed during the project as we engage with the client and the design process.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 14:34
NAME: Chenyang Peng


UNDERGRADUATE: Hunan University of Science and Technology & Sheffield Hallam University Joint Institute

PART 1 EXPERIENCE: Architecture Intern; Hunan Provincial Design Institute; I mainly worked on office renovation and peacekeeping governance center scheme.

SKILLS: SketchUp, Auto CAD, Procreate, Adobe Suite, Enscape.

ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST: Making and Furniture, Form of Materials, Narrative and Utopia.

OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Basketball, Swimming, Guitar.

FUN FACT: Sorry I am bored
Posted 13 Mar 2023 14:35
NAME: Thomas Stevenson

ATELIER: &architecture.

UNDERGRADUATE: Liverpool John Moore’s University.

PART 1 EXPERIENCE: Falconer Chester Hall Architects, Liverpool. I mainly worked on large residential schemes.

SKILLS: SketchUp, Auto CAD, MicroStation, Adobe Suite, Enscape.

ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST: Adaptive Reuse, Heritage conservation and restoration, Residential.

OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Football, Golf, Rugby, Travelling.

FUN FACT: I have 30 cousins.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 14:35
NAME: Hannah Goodrich


UNDERGRADUATE: University of Liverpool

EXPERIENCE: Blake Architects, Cirencester. Worked on mainly rural residential schemes.

SKILLS: Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, Enscape, Vectorworks, InDesign, Auto CAD

ARCHITECTURAL INTERESTS: Adaptive Reuse, Residential

OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Sailing, Drawing, the occasional run

FUN FACT: I was born in New Zealand
Posted 13 Mar 2023 14:35
NAME: Doga Esen

ATELIER: &architecture

UNDERGRADUATE: Sheffield Hallam University

EXPERIENCE: Short internships with BDP and ARUP

SKILLS: Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AutoCad, and Enscape

ARCHITECTURAL INTERESTS: Community Design, Residential

OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Volleyball, Swimming, Pottery and Ceramics

FUN FACT: I have a twin sister
Posted 13 Mar 2023 14:37
NAME: Matthew Stitch

ATELIER: Continuity in Architecture (CiA)

UNDERGRADUATE: University of Liverpool

EXPERIENCE: Studio MUTT, Liverpool. Worked on exhibition design, sustainable town centre regeneration and retrofit.

SKILLS: Sketchup, Photoshop, VRAY, Vectorworks, InDesign, Model Making

ARCHITECTURAL INTERESTS: Adaptive Reuse, Exhibition Design

OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Cooking, Skiing, MMA (watching, not doing)
Posted 13 Mar 2023 14:37
NAME: Huimin Zhu

ATELIER: Praxxis

UNDERGRADUATE: Zhongyuan Institute Of Science And Technology.

PART 1 EXPERIENCE: Worked on passive house design, commercial centre design and library design.

SKILLS: Sketchup, Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, InDesign, Rhino, Auto CAD.

ARCHITECTURAL INTERESTS: Residential, Sustainability.

OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Cooking, Swimming.

Fun Fact: I am a good chief.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 14:39
Day One – MSA LIVE

Today Year 5’s introduced the brief and explained the outcomes of the action plan for the next two weeks to BA and MLA students. We divided all the students into three groups to work on site analysis and look at precedents to find a style for our design.
Posted 9 May 2023 11:55
After a morning of initial concept sketching for the miners community centre, some key themes were established from group conversation. Sustainability, flexibility, multi -use, adaptable, affordable, playful and community driven.
Posted 9 May 2023 14:33
DAY TWO- Morning

The second day began with students dividing into three groups to do a site analysis of the Miners Community Arts and Music Centre in preparation for our visit tomorrow. Group one focused on the demographics of Moston. Group two researched the Minors Community Centre's history and created a timeline. The last group conducted a SWOT analysis to determine the relationship between our site and its surroundings.
Posted 10 May 2023 15:24
DAY Three- Morning

The Third day began with a site visit to the Miners Community Arts & Music Centre to take some measurements, photos and conduct initial site responses. We discussed the existing condition of the site and surrounding context. Additionally the site visit allowed us to explore the economic feasibility of the initial concept sketches we designed the day before.
Posted 11 May 2023 14:51
The visit to the community centre allowed the BA and MLA students to understand the larger context and current condition of the site. Students were set the task to complete a 5 minute sketch as a part of their response to the site, inspired by initial concepts they had developed the day before.
Posted 11 May 2023 15:12
In the afternoon we returned to the studio to complete our concept models with a more informed knowledge of the site from our visit earlier in the day. The trip helped adjustments to the designs that would better suit the space.
Posted 11 May 2023 15:37
Day Four - Finalising Development

The students were split into three different groups where they each proposed a design for the social space, developed from ongoing ideas and inspiration from the site. Each group presented their ideas through a variety of methods - including model-making, sketches and technical drawings.

Posted 12 May 2023 15:13
Concept 1

Curved decking concept: This design concept maximises the space on the site, by providing two seating areas with a green screen partitioning and levelled seating. The space uses curves in its walkway, between decking, to create fluidity in movement with the surrounding site.
Posted 12 May 2023 15:59
Concept 2

A small communal area that houses both tiered seating and benches with planters, they have a blocky design to match the more industrial feel or the site (built with brick and timber), protected overhead by a canopy for rainwater collection. We wanted to be able to hold a large number of people in a comfortable community space, hence the stair style seating areas with communal tables rather than just singular chairs
Posted 12 May 2023 16:11
Concept 3

This design concept was to form a square of seating around a green space, adding a canopy to provide shelter during the winter. The upright pillars are complex shapes to give the crowd more space to enter and exit the seating freely. The idea for the seating came from the keys of a piano, which fits in with the function of the building and is a theme that we have used throughout the design.
Posted 12 May 2023 16:19
Day Five – Design Competition

The 5th day started with a design challenge which tasked the students to produce a design idea for the publication's front cover. Each student presented their ideas using sketches or collages.
Posted 15 May 2023 12:50
After a morning of designing, students presented their ideas to be used as the publication's front cover. There was a key theme in the designs as each student introduced the building into the collage to represent the project.
Posted 15 May 2023 15:08
Day Six – Finalising Design

The 6th day started with a collaboration of ideas for the final design. The BA students started drawing the plans to scale at 1:50. Followed by drawing these up in CAD.
Posted 16 May 2023 11:33
After a morning of finalising the design through sketches, we started drawing up the plans on AutoCAD and modelling through SketchUp.
Posted 16 May 2023 15:19
While half of the group worked on the CAD drawings and model, the other half started creating the existing building in our site model.
Posted 16 May 2023 15:20
Day Seven – CAD Drawing

The 7th day focused on producing our final drawings from the sketch design we created yesterday. We split the group into 4 and each group had a task to complete which included plans, elevations, digital model and physical model.
Posted 17 May 2023 12:42
Additionally, we started building the existing site model. The massing of the existing building has been constructed from MDF cuts which sit on an MDF plinth. Gradually, we have added more detail to the model to convey the existing condition.
Posted 17 May 2023 14:01
Day Eight – Final Preparation’s

The 8th day focused on finishing the final drawings and preparing our publication ready for our submission. We finished our digital model and plans and the students created visuals for the client.
Posted 18 May 2023 15:57
After finishing the existing context, the students worked on creating the final design in the workshop. As a group they worked on creating accurate materials for each part of the design.
Posted 18 May 2023 15:59
Day Nine- Finalising Physical Model

The 9th day was spent finishing the physical model with a group of students, while the remaining students produced construction drawings for the decking. The final model is now finished and ready to be given over to our client.
Posted 19 May 2023 14:49
After completing the final touches as a group, we photographed the 1:50 model ready for the final presentation and handover to the client.
Posted 19 May 2023 15:51
Afternoon - final publication and completion of images for the client
Posted 19 May 2023 16:28
Final outcomes of the project, visuals, floorpans, construction details, sketches and models. We hope to meet up with the clients after the project has finished to hand over the physical model and publication. This contact will help gain some feedback on the project and discuss how they can take the design forward to be built in the future.
Posted 19 May 2023 16:45