Group 29

Great Horton Reimagined - This project promises an artistic reimagining of a streetscape in Bradford. You will be able to use any or many mediums to help build visuals for the redesign of Great Horton Road; a derelict street that joins the university campus to the city centre. Working alongside Bradford City Council, the project intends to use vibrant colour schemes, public art, and innovative facade designs to create a visually appealing and culturally rich environment. Aligned with Bradford's 2025 City of Culture aspirations, your designs must promise change while complimenting the existing. Envision a dynamic transformation, leaving an indelible mark on the community's cultural fabric and urban landscape.

Sourabh Rajshekhar S / Zahra Ibrahim M A / Oliver C / Yanxi L / Jake O / Mingrui L

Hi, I am Oliver!

Born in Bristol, I moved to Manchester in 2019 to pursue my undergraduate degree at MSA. After working as an Architectural Assistant for Donald Insall Associates in London, I have returned to Continuity in Architecture. My strengths lie in my drawing abilities, much like my fellow Bristolian Banksy.

I have a good understanding of the architectural concepts of reinvention and cultural heritage from my year in London. However, I want to emphasize how Bradford's Cultural Connection project is artistic and creative. I am thrilled to have the chance to collaborate with the team in May to create something that we will be proud to showcase in our portfolios in the future.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 18:15
Hi, I'm Jake Vizard!

Born and raised in North Wales, my journey has led me to the city of Manchester, where I'm doing Master of Architecture. My toolkit includes a foundation in SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, and a collection of render engines. I try to complement this by growing my expertise in Rhino and Grasshopper. My passion for architecture has been fuelled by travels through Europe and Southeast Asia, where I've absorbed and witnessed a range of design philosophies and construction techniques.

I enjoy connecting with people at industry events, always eager to exchange ideas and expand my architectural knowledge. I also currently lead the MSSA Architecture Football Society, some of you may have met me there.

You’ll usually find me in the CAD lab, so if you’ve got any questions just come over and ask!
Posted 11 Mar 2024 18:26
Hello, I'm Sourabh!

I am from India. I hold a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Pune. Following my undergraduate studies, I gained valuable experience as an architecture design intern and later as a self-practicing architect, completing several residential projects. I am pursuing an MA in Architecture + Adaptive Reuse as my master's course. This enriching experience has allowed me to investigate strategies for adaptive reuse - strategies that are not applied as a reaction to current conditions but in anticipation of future changes. My interests are exploring and documenting architectural heritage and precedents.
I'm eager to contribute to the Bradford Culture Connection project with my group. We aim to rejuvenate the road, a missing link to the city centre and the university campus site, into a dynamic community asset with a strong emphasis on innovative solutions and engaging the community.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 18:34
Hello, I’m Zahra!

My journey into design and architecture started with two years of interior design in my home country ‘Saudi Arabia’, followed by a foundation year and first year of architecture at Dublin School of Architecture in Ireland, and finally completing my RIBA Part 1 in architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture.

After graduating, I worked as a part 1 architectural assistant at a small-scale practice based in London where I was very lucky to be part of an ambitious team and engage in many heritage and community-related projects that match my interests in architecture.

I am excited about being part of a project that is in ‘the City of Culture’ Bradford and engaging in the Bradford Culture Connection project, as well as having the opportunity to participate in making a positive change in Bradford’s community.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 19:02
Hello, I am Yanxi Lin!

I am from China. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Architecture (RIBA Part 1) at the University of Bath, followed by work experience as an architectural assistant. I am currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the MSA as a member of the CPU Atelier.

I am proficient in AutoCAD, Rhino & Grasshopper, Sketchup, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and rendering software like Vray and Enscape. It is my first time working on an urban redevelopment project that involves cultural heritage. I am excited to work with my teammates and to see the final outcome of our collaborative efforts.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 19:06
Hello, I'm Mingrui Li

I come from China, I got my Bachelor of Architecture degree in University of Liverpool, and I have gained a lot of knowledge and skills as well as gained a lot of valuable experiences in this journey. Now I am continuing to study architecture in some kind of nature atelier in MSA. I hope that I can apply what I have learnt in this project and contribute to this cultural project in bradford to the best of my ability.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 19:39

Intro. to MSA LIVE*
6th December 2023,
Our first meeting and introduction of 2 LIVE projects for
Bradford 2025

Introduction to our live project:
Culture Connection: To re-design a main side street of Great Horton Road that links the city centre to the university. This street could be re-imagined as one where the stunning architecture from the city centre mixes with an explosion of culture, colour, and excitement that leads you from the city centre up to Bradford University. The ‘Cultural Connection’ design must reflect Bradford's diverse student population and cultural heritage and support the day/night economy.
Great Horton Road, Bradford
[From the point of Odeon Cinema to the University of Bradford campus]
Posted 13 Mar 2024 14:27
30 January 2024,
We had our first team meeting, followed by a catch-up meeting online with our collaborator, Jade.

A quick meeting to get to know each other, a brainstorming session about ideas and objectives and a brief system of work were put forth.
Team Meetings every Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00
Jake led our meetings. Organising our action plan early was vital, as was setting out tasks, deadlines, and checkpoints to ensure the project stayed on track.
Every Meeting had a summary outline to be followed for the next. A banter between Jake and Oliver was a must. :P
Meanwhile, a date for a site visit to Bradford was organised.
Posted 13 Mar 2024 14:31
Our Collaborator, Jade Ibeguna
21 February 2024
Jade is part of Bradford Council's Culture Department. She is our primary source of contact in Bradford and has been helping build the project's framework thus far. Jade will also allow us to communicate with stakeholders in the Bradford redevelopments and other important people involved.

As seen standing in the middle of the group photo in the Council Chamber room, Bradford City Hall.

Posted 13 Mar 2024 14:39
Visit to Bradford Site and Day proceedings
21 February 2024,

This is how our day went...

[Rains are expected whole day]
Arrive at Bradford Interchange – meet Jade

Arrive at City Hall, where we collect our Visitor badges and proceed to the Council Chamber – Rachel Firth + Len Palmer (Bradford Council City of Culture,2025)

We have an introductory session to Heritage Action Zone by –
Saira Alia, Richard Middleton and Phil Hargreaves (Bradford Council City of Culture,2025)

CHECK OUR NEXT POST for further Updates on this day's visit
Posted 13 Mar 2024 14:47
Visit to Bradford Site and Day proceedings
21 February 2024,

[Heavy rains and wind are expected to continue]

Tour 1 Walk through the Heritage Action Zone

Tour 2 Culture Connection, our site location
Walk along the Great Horton Road, stretching from Odeon Cinema to Bradford University Campus.
We had an insightful conversation with a Bradford University students and staff focus group.

Lunch at Bradford 2025 office, informal chat with Executive Director Dan Bates

We got *FREE PIZZA* for lunch : P

CHECK OUR NEXT POST for the final update on this day's visit
Posted 13 Mar 2024 14:52
Visit to Bradford Site and Day proceedings
21 February 2024

Arrive again at Council Chamber: Project planning – reflection and next steps!
Discuss proposed interventions, limitations, and possibilities with Jade and exchange ideas.

End of Day back to base MCR

[Rain stops. Sun is Out]

An eventful day indeed!

Look out for our next posts for further updates!
Posted 13 Mar 2024 14:59