The final design for the Arcadia is based on the use of shipping containers to facilitate the extension. The phased construction of the extension is key, this will allow for the center to remain open so it can generate income. The new facilities based in the shipping containers consist of improved changing and skate hire as well as a new café area and associated facilities. The main building will have roof alternations and all internal partitions will be removed to allow for an internationally sized skating rink with seating around. A ramp will connect Levenshume with the train station (controlled through the building), giving step free access to the station platforms. The future of the building lies in the development of the roof-scape into a skate park and the gradually changes that can occur as funding is secured. The Arcadia seeks to be destination for Roller Derby putting Levenshulme on the map!


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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