Name: Will Pelling
Atelier: Praxxis
Undergraduate: University of Kent
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD, Lumion, 3D Printing
Hobbies: Climbing, Camping & Football
Fun Fact: I love dogs! (Cats are nice too)
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:31
Project Aims:
- To give students, both participating and overseeing, an opportunity to partake in a live project that challenges them to think differently about how a design can be presented to both a community and to financial investors.
- To connect with the staff and users of a successful community centre and to design with a set of real actors and needs.
- To create a proposal that maximises the functionality of the community centre that is conscious of budget, but at the same time is expressive and effective.
- To understand the reality of project phasing, and how each phase influences each other to create a smooth and helpful project timeline.
- To enjoy these two weeks of active, engaging design. To experiment with alternative techniques and to explore what you enjoy as an architect!

Project Outputs:
- A realistic, effective proposal to rearrange the internal layout of the centre, to rethink the landscaping around it, and to think ahead to potential future developments to extend BCC Salford’s community and demographic outreach.
- Plans, section, and elevation drawings to formally communicate the proposal to potential financial investors and for use in planning applications and to develop for future building regulation proposals.
- A financial estimate of the works to help create a funding application.
- Lots of visuals to express the project’s concept. Will this be a set of 3D model renders? A video flythrough? An expressive video adverts? A set of massing models? Perhaps an intersectional combination of the above?
- Two presentations to deliver your proposal. The first to refine an initial draft proposal in a practise-like open design discussion, and the second to sell your project as a fully presented project.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 17:31
Before it all kicks off in May, we got together with our lovely collaborator Louise who showed us the centre. We got talking about the main areas that need some compassionate upgrading, meeting some local users of the facility, the volunteering staff and even got to witness the space being used for an English class. Today gave us a great insight into the way the centre operates, and we are really looking forward to getting stuck in!
Posted 13 Mar 2023 17:37