Our Community

Following the January sale my project took a different turn. I was in contact with the Manchester Roller Derby Group (Arcadians) who are based at the Arcadia Sports Center in Levenshulme, having met them at my initial interaction event. With the conservative party announcing cuts the future of the Arcadia was in doubt and the group intended to launch a management bid for the center. To go with this management bid a new proposal for the development and extension of the center was needed. Working with the Arcadians a series of meetings and workshops were held to establish the true desires of the users that focused on space planning and personal attachments. The ideas were expressed in models and through conversations. Research about the history of the centre was incorporated into the proposals and these proposals were explored with users. Proposals were then refined as the users started to think more spatially.

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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