The main project for the year is based on interactions with the public. MSAP held a workshop at the "Age Friendly City" conference in Manchester town hall. During a discussion about the importance of communities a comment was made about the existing strong community base in Levenshulme, South Manchester. This comment triggered an association with Levenshulme which was to be the location of an interaction event. Following research in the area two interaction events were held. The first was an "Ideas Box" that allowed people to express their desires for change in the area whether they considered them to be architectural or not. Secondly a ballot box was produced to allow people to vote on specific areas of concern and gain a consensus of priority. Activities that sought to establish territory in the area were also incorporated as a way of gaining an insight into how people felt about the ownership of their area. The results of these events were then expressed and further research and meetings with community members were arranged.

Nadia
Khalifeh

5th Year
Aged 24
My Review of the Year

Following the "Age Friendly City" conference in November I defined Levenshulme as a site of interest with an existing community base that is active in retaining and improving their Urban Environment. Levenshulme is not an area of the city that is subject to a great deal of investment and over the course of the year in the wake of the City Council cuts, the closure of Levenshulme Baths and the potential closure of the Arcadia has been announced. The friends of Levenshulme community group worked to successfully prevent the close of the Baths and the Manchester Roller Hockey group and Roller Derby group are proposing to take over the management of the Arcadia Sports Centre. Over the past 6 months I have worked with the groups to produce a scheme that will provide a phased extension of the Arcadia therefore allowing for the community to expand and improve the facility with minimal closures to the centre. The scheme seeks to provide a focal point for Levenshulme and export Levenshulme to the city as well as integrating the city with Levenshulme through an accessible train station and improving place identity.

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