Mayfield Imaginarium civil inspiration and the rediscovery of a vibrant Manchester
Mayfield Imaginarium Mayfield Imaginarium: civil inspiration and the rediscovery
of a vibrant Manchester
The Mayfield Imaginarium is a collective - solely comprised of volunteers - which aims to discover and engage public opinion in order to pioneer the revival of considerate urban planning. The catalyst of this revival is the vast, derelict and currently unwelcoming Mayfield district of Manchester. To reinvigorate Mayfield, we sought the creative input of Mancunians. We asked them to generate ideas for what they want in our future city. We aimed to incubate imaginative, considered and diverse aspirations and a pioneering approach for Mayfield. This report presents an analysis of the data provided by the public and their hopes for the future of Mayfield. Through this, we propose a new series of strategic goals for Mayfield as developers U+I move forward with their designs for this last, critically important, opportunity in Manchesterâ€™s City Centre.
Civic Data: The 2013 Strategic Framework that covers Mayfield’s future development gathered responses from 108 people after Manchester City Council’s (MCC) formal consultation. We believe it is important to realise these documents are nonstatutory guidance with little basis in creative consultation. Our report covers the material collected in six professional workshops and seven core activities. This data comes from well over 100 members of the public who attended our Mayfield Imaginarium weekend, which ran in October at ‘Think Rise’ at the Grindsmith on Deansgate. The findings from the weekend workshops were developed into a survey, which we promoted on social media garnering 423 responses. Our research presents various themes and implications which we hope will sit alongside the MCC framework as an equally weighted public guidance document.
Who’s Involved: Event designer and coordinator:
We hope the excitement and different possibilities discovered by our research can highlight the potential for a shift in perspective for the future of Mayfield, so as to honour its creative significance, distinctive character, heritage and social potential.
Who’s Paying Us: We are an unfunded group of volunteers, unsupported by any organisation. We aim to impartially represent the feelings and ideas voiced throughout our consultation.
Reece Singleton, architecture Mark Hammil, urban planner David Chandler, academic/artist Ash Van Dyke, artist Vicky Payne, URBED planner Sally Titterington, LiFE academic Imaginarium Collective:
Adam Prince, Shaun Jenkins, Shaun McIntosh and everyone who helped on the day
Processes of Creative Urban Engagement By asking questions creatively, we elicited generative, positive answers covering an expansive range of interests. The ‘Mayfield Imaginarium weekend’ transformed urban design into a series of ‘games’ including a cool wall to rate Manchester’s buildings and an importance wheel to gauge the relative priority of functions, a build-a-block Mayfield and a “What’s the Future?” comments board. These were punctuated by six key workshops that asked the public to think big, bold and hopefully over two intense days of conversation and creation...
Cognitive Mapping - Reece Singleton
This is the principle of how our minds relate important perceptual landmarks into an abstract map of city; telling stories about the character of our cities landscape. We discussed the distinctiveness of Mayfield as a place of history, memory and heritage; concluding there is an illustriousness in its idiosyncrasy and memorability that can be developed in its regeneration.
Transforming Cities - Mark Hammil
There were three exercises including: ‘Role Play’, ‘What Makes A Great Place’ and concluding with a ‘Planning People’s Priorities Quadrant’. The workshop explored people’s aspiration and the possible barriers and opportunities for a ‘Dream Mayfield’.
Ghost Stations - David Chandler
Participants, explored the possibilities of memorialising the history, heritage, meaning and character of Mayfield. Creating artefacts, the concept was to create ‘flashbulb’ ways to communicate and summarise the ethos, style and perception of Mayfield’s past, which can aid to distinguish its future identity.
Large gateway sculpture that can be seen from the train as you arrive in Manchester. Exhibition/art space to draw tourists in.
Create velodrome and cycle network - this could generate electricity!
Creative Spaces Dreams - Ash Van Dyke
This workshop presented a questionnaire and a discussion into new approaches to: creative communities, art spaces, business, housing and entrepreneurial models for stimulating the best model in the district. Participants were concerned Manchester was limiting its start-up opportunities and creative and community infrastructure.
Mayfield Masterplanning - Vicky Payne
URBEDâ€™s workshop took the form of a fun and informal masterplanning session. They started with a whistle stop introduction to the site and some basic masterplanning principles, then participants worked in groups to create their ideal vision for the Mayfield site in plasticine. At the end groups presented their designs, which prompted some great discussions about our aspirations for the site, highlighted key constraints and generated a host of exciting ideas.
OPISO Visions - Sally Titterington
The ancient Greek word OPISO means behind or back, but refers not to the past but to the future. Early Greek imagination envisaged the past and the present as in front of us, something that we can see. In terms of Mayfield, the discussion became, where has Mayfield been and where could it help us to where we are going?
During the discussions a number of common themes arose: respect heritage, particularly keeping Star and Garter. Need for a large green space for Manchester, focus on the canal/ waterfront, pedestrian and cycle links, need for housing, innovative/exciting architecture, a gateway feature for visitors at Piccadilly Station.
Mayfield should inspire a...
creative community connected to its unique and inclusive cultural heritage and grounded in an affordable, safe, green and exciting lifestyle that celebrates inspirational Mancunians.
Our survey said... Our survey targeted the unfinished future of Mayfield, highlighting Mancunian’s expectations, hopes, dreams and priorities. These are stabs in the dark at a more fulfilling possibility than that given by Manchester City Council. These statements and those that follow are the beginnings of a debate that we hope U+I will support and enact to the benefit of all.
“A sliver of weirdness inviting people into an original district from the more mainstream / corporate station area.”
“It needs the creative cool of the Northern Quarter of ten years ago. affordable housing. A community space. We have enough hotels, offices and car parks.”
“The Star and Garter is a part of this town for a lot of people. These back street boozers breed creativity and popular culture at a ground level. And the old station - it's a wonderful building. Why not use it? Manchester is losing too many old buildings. Foreign tourists come to see history - they're not here for the weather are they?!”
“It should be a distinctive district within the centre, where experimentation is more tolerated. A lifestyle laboratory overlaid with a bustling central district.”
“Not sure but something my grandchildren can enjoy”
“Concentrate on the area beyond. Take down advertising hoardings, extra shield trees on Manc Way, great access to Ardwick and Ancoats, great access to Picc Station, consideration of a "MediaCity spur" tramline from Piccadilly - just 150-175m of track, terminating trams could extend into a new minimal Mayfield stop.”
“I think recent developments like Spinningfields, MediaCity & First St are cold and functional, I'd like something that feels organic and convivial, a warm place for people to congregate and relax.”
These results, based on our Importance Wheel game and follow up survey questions allowed Mancunians to rate the future function of Mayfield, identifying the critical aspects of their city that they want to see investment in.
LEISURE / PARKS
“As the first views to greet visitors it should be inviting and attractive, highlighting the diversity of our city , both culturally and historically”
CULTURE / TOURISM
“Indy businesses / start-ups, indoor botanical - garden - market with microfarms. Flexi space in railway arches, studios for creatives & tech etc. Everything produced & sold on same site.”
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ACCESS KEY IDEAS
And the Winner is...
ART & BUSINESSES IN RAILWAY ARCHES
We presented Mancunians with over 75 possibilities to get a conversation started about the future of Mayfield including options to invent their own. These were split into six categories and voted on. These were the most popular.
BUSINESSES KEY IDEAS
73% TOURISM KEY IDEAS MANCHESTER MUSIC HISTORY EXPERIENCE AND PIONEERS CENTRE
ART ENTREPRENEURIAL DISCOUNT HOUSING & STUDIO SPACE FOR NEW LOCAL BUSINESSES
PARK & PUBLIC REALM KEY IDEAS
HERITAGE PRESERVED AND HONOURED IN NEW DESIGN
BOTANICAL GARDEN ELEMENTS IN PARK
HOUSING & COMMUNITY KEY IDEAS
STYLES KEY IDEAS
ROOFTOP ALLOTMENTS AND SELF-SUSTAINING ECO-HOUSING
Access Our survey placed accessibility as a critical metric for measuring Mayfield’s success. The importance of highlighting the country’s aging population and the positivity of inclusive design cannot be overstated. “Less huge buildings more human scale developments producing an individual city.”
70% 64% 50%
ART & BUSINESS IN
ENCOURAGING SOCIAL, COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE NEIGHBOURHOOD ENCOURAGING SOCIAL, COMMUNITY,
ART & BUSINESSES IN RAILWAY ARCHES
ARTS AND BUSINESSES IN RAILWAY ARCHES
RELATIVELY LIT RAILWAY ARCHES ENCOURAGING USE
ENCOURAGING SOCIAL, COMMUNITY, NEIGHBOURHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE
INTEGRATING NEW TRANSPORT LINKS, FOR HS2, FUTURE AND PRESENT INFRASTRUCTURE MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS TO PICCADILLY RATHER THAN ONE MAIN ENTRANCE
UNDERGROUND WITH RETAIL AND OFFICE UNITS FOR ACCESS TO PICCADILLY AND DIFFERENT POINTS OF MAYFIELD
WELL CONNECTED WITH KEY BUSINESS FUNCTIONS RIGHT NEXT TO PICCADILLY WITH EASY ACCESS
“Accessible to people of all ages. Teens with little money should be able to use the space as well as adults with spends.”
What provisions are made for people with different abilities? Style should mean Braille, pavements and flow, sound distinct areas, surfaces that guide, visual style is not the start!”
CREATIVELY LIT RAILWAYS ARCHES CREATIVELY LIT RAILWAY ARCHES ENCOURAGING USE
“It would be nice if this project was concerned with the needs of the residents of Manchester. Particularly those with a lower income. Also the people of Manchester are historically creative and innovative, its time we had some public space to reflect and nurture this. We are more than just consumers... ”
“By having an individual identity it should become a desirable destination allowing for the development of organic rather than superimposed links... ”
A B C D E F
A Art entrepreneurial discount housing & studio space for new businesses B Centre Digital Arts & Technology Centre DISCOUNT HOUSINGC &Creative STUDIO industry and ‘silicon-valley’ industries hub SPACE FOR NEW BUSINESSES D Creative and distinct retail and leisure opportunities E Flexible and short-term let offices supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs CENTRE FIR DIGITAL ARTS & TECHNOLOGY F Larger skyscraper/skyscrapers to increase public realm beyond proposed space G Media, films and television studio hub CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, A “SILICON VALLEY” HUB H Northern parliament I Public sector and civil servants base and specialist offices CREATIVE AND DISTINCT RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES J Strategic framework identified by MCC for hotels, housing, offices and retail are most important FLEXIBLE AND SHORT-TERM OFFICES SUPPORTING K Viewing tower and revolving restaurant START-UPS L Other
LARGER SKYSCRAPER(S) TO INCREASE PUBLIC REALM BEYOND PROPOSED SPACE
MEDIA, FILMS AND TELEVISION STUDIO HUB
Business We understand that businesses built Manchester but our results show that the people are keen to see this provide them with cultural dignity not just consumerism. People prioritised the arts, start-ups, entrepreneurship and local production
H NORTHERN PARLIAMENT
I PUBLIC SECTOR AND CIVIL SERVANTS BASED IN SPECIALIST OFFICES
“Grants to help businesses and the heritage must be retained for creative and youth industries. NOT commercial brands! Must be independent.”
STRATEGIC FRAME WORK IDENTIFIED BY MCC FOR HOTELS, HOUSING, OFFICES AND RETAIL AS MOST IMPORTANT
VIEWING TOWER AND REVOLVING RESTAURANT
63% 55% #1
FLEXIBLE AND SHORT-TERM LET OFFICES SUPPORTING START-UPS, OFFICES SUPPORTING AND ENTREPRENEURS START-UPS AND
DISCOUNT HOUSING AND STUDIO SPACE FOR
ARTNEW ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESSES DISCOUNT HOUSING & STUDIO SPACE FOR NEW
CREATIVE INDUSTRY AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, A ‘SILICON-VALLEY’ INDUSTRIES ”SILICON HUB VALLEY” HUB
“The city centre needs an incredible, versatile events space like Victoria warehouse with permanent uses like green roofs, bee hives, a beacon for nature and sustainability”
“Markets with flexible multi use space for different uses such as: art studios, kitchens, pocket farms etc.”
“Temporary space for markets by day and events by night. Could be Manchester ’s version of The Arches in Glasgow.”
Park and Public Realm
ACTIVE BANDSTAND FOR OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE ARCHES BECOME SPORTS FACILITIES INCLUDING EG. SKATING ARBOURS AND RELAXING AREAS WITH COVER
Our respondents were enthusiastic about the well publicised possibility of a large public park, but wanted more investment desiring a connection to nature that is lost in much of Manchester.
BOTANICAL GARDEN ELEMENTS CARRIAGE PARK MARKET UNDER STATION ROOF FLOATING GARDENS AND LEISURE FACILITIES FLOWER BEDS ON OLD RAILWAY TRACKS GHOST STATION SCULPTURES RAISED HERITAGE PARKS ON OLD TRACKS LARGE SCULPTURE PARK LIVING SCULPTURES
“Public park areas and room for existing and new independent businesses...” “will help boost the image/ footfall of the area and city centre greatly”
MICRO-BREWERY MODELS OF THE LOST BUILDINGS OF MANCHESTER NATURE HOUSES EG. BEEHIVES, BUTTERFLY HOUSES NIGHT LIGHT SCULPTURES WITH AMBIENCE PARK FESTIVALS AND FESTIVAL HALL PARK TRAIN TRACKS FOR CHILDREN PAVILIONS FOR CREATIVE AND FLEXIBLE USES PIER FOR MANCHESTER WITH VICTORIAN FAIRGROUND PUBLIC GAMES ROOFTOP GARDENS WITH ACCESSIBLE BUSINESS FUNCTIONS SMALL MARINAS, BOARD WALKS AND MINI BEACHES URBAN FARMS AND SPECIALIST ALLOTMENTS OTHER
55% 55% #2
RAISED PARKS ON OLD TRACKS
RAISED PARK ON FEATURES OLD TRACKS WITH HERITAGE WITH HERITAGE FEATURES RAISED PARK ON OLD TRACKS WITH HERITAGE FEATURES
BOTANICAL GARDEN ELEMENTS IN PARK
ART & BUSINESSES IN RAILWAY ARCHES ART & BUSINESSES IN RAILWAY ARCHES
A Active bandstand for outdoor perfor B Arches becoming sports facilities in C Arbours and relaxing areas which c D Botanical garden elements E Carriage park market under station F Floating gardens and leisure facilitie G Flowers beds on old railway tracks H Ghost station sculptures I Raised park on old tracks, with herita J Large sculpture park K Living sculptures L Micro-brewery M Models of the lost buildings of Man N Nature houses – like beehives, butte O Nightlight sculptures with ambience P Park festivals and festival hall Q Park train tracks for children R Pavilions for creative and flexible us S Pier for Manchester with Victorian/E T Public Games U Rooftop gardens with accessible bu V Small marinas, boardwalks and min W Urban farms & specialist allotments X Other
44% 44% #3
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O PQ R S T U V WX
ARBOURS AND RELAXING ARBOURS RELAXING AREASAND WHICH CAN BE AREAS WHICHAS NEEDED CAN BE COVERED ARBOURS AND RELAXING COVERED AS NEEDED AREAS WHICH CAN BE
ACTIVE#4BANDSTAND FOR OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES
ACTIVE BANDSTAND FOR
ACTIVE BANDSTAND FOR OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE
“Open up the river to maximise visible water throughout the development, a water fall feature would be unique in the city. ”
“A central, spectacular building like a Zaha Hadid has to be a part of it with a feature sculpture like the Anish Kapoor one in Chicago. These structures will be, in themselves, enough to put the Mayfield on the world map and make it a destination nationally, internationally for tourist. Going big and grand is the only way”
USING INDUSTRIAL SPACES FOR VARIED ART,
BUSINESS, THEATRE, GALLERIES, PERFORMANCE AND NIGHTLIFE
MEMORIALISING FORGOTTEN MUSIC, MANCHESTER INCLUDING MEMORIALISING FORGOTTEN
MANCHESTER MUSIC 55% HISTORY EXPERIENCE AND PIONEERS CENTRE
MARKETS IN RAILWAY CARRIAGES
LARGE CRAFT, ANTIQUE, AUCTION AND ARTISAN
USING MANCHESTER MUSIC ART GALLERIES. USING INDUSTRIAL SPACES MANCHESTER MODERNMANCHESTER ART GALLERY OR FOR VAR HISTORY EXPERIENCESURREALIST AND MODERN ART/ UNIQUE SURREALIST FOR VARIED ART BUSINESSES, MUSEUM WITH COLLECTIONS THE INCLUDING MUSIC, INDUSTRY, PIONEERS CENTRE MUSEUM? UNIQUE THEATRE, GALLERIES, USING INDUSTRIAL SPACES USING INDUSTRIAL FORGOTTEN MUSIC ART GALLERIES. MANCHESTER ORIALISING FORGOTTENMANCHESTER MANCHESTER MUSIC ART GALLERIES. MANCHESTER USING INDUSTRIAL SPACES SPACES USING INDUSTRIAL PERFORM SCIENCE, ART AND CRAFTS AND COLLECTIONS PERFORMANCE AND NIGHTLIFE FOR VARIED ART BUSINESSES FOR VARIED ART BU ANCHESTER AND MODERN ART/ SURREALIST “A ManchesterHISTORY specific live EXPERIENCE ECTS OF MANCHESTER HISTORY EXPERIENCE AND MODERN ART/ SURREALIST FOR VARIED ART BUSINESSES, FOR VARIED ART BUSINESSES, MANCHESTER MODERN ART GALLERY OR KEY FIGURES music museum inclusive of THEATRE, GALLERIES, THEATRE, GALL IC, INDUSTRY, CENTRE CENTRE MUSEUM?MUSEUM? UNIQUE UNIQUE SURREALIST MUSEUM DING MUSIC, INDUSTRY, PIONEERSPIONEERS THEATRE, GALLERIES, GALLERIES, WITH THEATRE, UNIQUE COLLECTIONS all genres and decades, with PERFORMANCE AND NIGHTLIF PERFORMANCE AND D CRAFTS AND COLLECTIONS CE, ART AND CRAFTS AND COLLECTIONS PERFORMANCE AND NIGHTLIFE AND NIGHTLIFE CHILDHOODPERFORMANCE MUSEUM, INCLUDING NORTH WEST AUTHORS, a dedicated theme which URES KEY FIGURES TELEVISION TRIBUTES, TOYS AND EARLY YEARS EDUCATION highlights all forgotten small INDUSTRY, SCIENCE, ARTS AND ASPECTS OF MANCHESTER CRAFTS AND KEY FIGURES
venues contributions to Manchester music history”
LARGE CRAFT, ANTIQUE, AUCTION AND ARTISAN MARKETS IN RAILWAY CARRIAGES
MANCHESTER MUSIC HISTORY EXPERIENCE AND PIONEERS CENTRE MEMORIALISING FORGOTTEN MANCHESTER INCLUDING MUSIC, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE, ARTS AND CRAFTS AND KEY FIGURES
NOVELTY ARCHITECTURE AND STREET FURNITURE PLANETARIUM AND SPACE CENTRE
RIVERSIDE CAFES, BOATING AND RECREATIONAL WATER USAGE
SMALL THEME PARK AND PLEASURE RIDES
USING INDUSTRIAL SPACES FOR VARIED ART BUSINESSES, THEATRE, GALLERIES, PERFORMANCE AND NIGHTLIFE
WORLDWIDE INSPIRATIONS FROM EACH CONTINENT FOR SMALL “WORLD” AREAS, PLANTS AND RETAIL OR LEISURE THEMES, INCLUDING RESTAURANTS LINKED WITH THE NEW PARK
The highest priority on many Mancunian’s lists was ensuring that Mayfield becomes a tourist destination not just a backwater addition to the city centre. The critical addition of attractions currently missing from the city will be key.
“The Star and Garter should remain open and In situ. It should be seen as a cultural and architectural benchmark for the area’s regeneration. Buildings will never be made in the same way or style again and should be cherished... What makes Manchester different and unique? Certainly not budget hotels and exclusive office/retail blandness. . ”
“The Star & Garter is a Manchester institution. It already pulls crowds for its popular long running events and will bring authenticity to Mayfield. It should remain open and where it is.. ”
D, SILVER OR BRONZE - HOUSING & COMMUNITY KEY IDEAS
FAMILY HOUSING WITH INFRASTRUCTURE TO
SUPPORT HEALTH AND COMMUNITY NEEDS
ROOF TOP ALLOTMENTS AND
CREATIVE HOUSING CO-OPERATIVES CREATIVES HOUSING
As the Housing Crisis worsens many people’s chances of ever owning property, the Imaginarium proved that affordability, sustainability and Manchester’s historic regional identity were key qualifiers for “new housing”.
ROOFTOP ALLOTMENTS AND CITY CENTRES FIRST AGED FAMILY HOUSING WITH THE CITY CENTRE’S FIRST “Exclude cars and private CO-OPERATIVES SELF-SUSTAINING SUPPORTED LIVING AND SUPPORTING gardens but encourage A City centres firstSUPPORTED aged supported LIVING livingHOMES and AND retirement homes ECO-HOUSING RETIREMENT INFRASTRUCTURE OF HEALTH cooperative and social ROOFTOP ALLOTMENTS RETIREMENT HOME B Creatives housing co-operatives OUSING AND CITY CENTRES FIRST AGED FAMILY HOUSING WITH housing. Employ locally! All & COMMUNITY NEEDS C Progressive education for all ages IVES SELF-SUSTAINING SUPPORTED LIVING AND SUPPORTING workers should be less than THE CITY CENTRE’S FIST SUPPORTED D Family housing with supporting infrastructure of health & community needs 5mins walk away. Affordable LIVING AND RETIREMENT HOME ECO-HOUSING RETIREMENT HOMES INFRASTRUCTURE OF HEALTH E Entrepreneurial discount housing & studio space new businesses on the site housing for all.” & COMMUNITY NEEDS F HS2 engineers training centre and housing B
G Integrating family housing with infrastructure necessary including education CREATIVE HOUSING CO-OPERATIVES
and health H New sports and public swimming pool facilities PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION FACILITIES FOR I Rooftop allotments and self-sustaining eco-housing ALL AGES J Other
FAMILY HOUSING WITH SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR HEALTH AND COMMUNITY NEEDS
ENTREPRENEURIAL DISCOUNT HOUSING WITH WORKSHOP / STUDIO SPACE
HS2 ENGINEERS TRAINING CENTRE AND HOUSING
INTEGRATED FAMILY HOUSING WITH INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY INCLUDING EDUCATION AND HEALTH
H NEW SPORTS AND PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL FACILITIES
ROOFTOP ALLOTMENTS AND SELF-SUSTAINING ECO-HOUSING
Whatever you do please don’t just put up more “luxury apartments” nobody lives in. We don’t want to be London.
“It should bring people out of the conventional city core, having a unique pull and draw. Utilising it’s unique history, it should provide high quality jobs and culture” “A gateway to the city …. that reflects Manchester past and present”
“The district should be new and unique to the city...the fringes can blend in with the surrounding... should not be boring....should give the city a new identity ”
, SILVER OR BRONZE - STYLES
HERITAGE PRESERVED AND HONOURED IN NEW DESIGN
#2 ART NOUVEAU REVIVAL (1920S) STYLE AND SCULPTURAL
GOLD, SILVER OR BRONZE - STYLES
Style, Material and Form
A - ABSTRACT
P - LOW-RISE
B - ART NOUVEAU
Q - METALS & GLASS
LIVING WALLS, ROOFS AND BALCONIES LIVING WALLS AND LIVING ROOFS, BALCONIES AND ROOFTOPS
GOLD, SILVER OR BRONZE - STYLES
HERITAGE PRESERVED AND HONOURED IN NEW DESIGN
C - BRUTALISM
R - MID-RISE
D - CONCRETE
S - MIXTURE OF STYLES
E - FUTURISTIC
T - REDBRICK
F - GOTHIC
U - SKYSCRAPERS
G - HERITAGE CONSERVATION
V - SMOOTH AND SCULPTED
H - POST-CAPITALIST
W - USING STATION HERITAGE
ART NOUVEAU REVIVAL (1920S) STYLE AND SCULPTURAL
I - MODERNIST J - POST-MODERNISM K - 3D PRINTED
HERITAGE CONSERVATION AND PROMOTION
LIVING WALLS AND LIVING ROOFS, BALCONIES AND ROOFTOPS
HERITAGE PRESERVED AND HONOURED IN NEW DESIGN
ART NOUVEAU REVIVAL (1920S) STYLE AND SCULPTURAL
L - SCULPTURAL M - BLOB ARCHITECTURE N - INDUSTRIAL / STEAMPUNK O - LIVING WALLS, ROOFS,
FOR UNIQUE THEMATIC ELEMENTS
X - WOOD AND NATURAL
Y - WHATEVER IT IS, IT NEEDS
TO BE DISTINCT FOR MAYFIELD
Z - OTHER
D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y
Playground for affordable housing Vertical farming in many buildings More enclosed Space
Get rid (bland tower blocks) Mayfield: The Next Step roof terraces Some sort of wet land?
Leisure, learning and health Inward facing? (re Buildings orientation on site)
improvement recognised by What Identity for the spaces between (re Railway arches)
architecture:unknown, Hometown Plus and the Mayfield Collaborators Family in Homes reflection on the formative Imaginarium Usable green spaceconsultation are the keen interests of local people in Contributed by, Water features seeing parkland, leisure, arts and Roof top growing habitats and for wildhealthcare (life) culture, learning Pedrestrian crossings (shared road spacethe internally?) amenities integrated into redevelopment of Mayfield and inwith A place for people to go and sit for free the city centre, benches, picnic, table ... their potential to impact loneliness, Not just be Offices mental and physical health, More Green educational outcomes, economic All year around garden independence and life chances in Ecomind. Chalets What about Brunswick (area below Mayfield)
Music and Cafes Keep the goods sheds No Starbucks at Star and Garter
Our socially responsible business
a Mayfield Legacy Foundation to manage, sustain and develop the community benefit projects, and the Space relevant Mayfield partners measuring their social impact on More Green the journey to . . . Safe Cycle routes in without having to go through centre • Set on the identification of Celebrate river - fill with more water options to generate supportive 1 income from trusts, sponsors • Parks Focus these aspirations and Skate begin design andout modelling and donors Can I get to Oxford road with going through Picadilly? work on a suite of sustainable • Start developing community Cut off capital (re the area beingrevenue cut of alongproject its west border) and capacity-building plans to ready Pedrestrian crossings circulation arcoss london road options that couldbridges attract voice leads to do justice to project external help and station resource management Not only Taxis, move investment, taxis - (from outside mayfield train ) establish a robust social legacy opportunities that may present Get rid of roads? enlarge space and secure community support • Build a bespoke business Sculpture Public Art in operational management, onengagement model that provides Keep Mayfield Building -and Imaginitive going Station maintenance repairreuse for return to local businesses the form of personal and Indoor terms. Skate park, ice rink, Clubbing spaces - (in theinStation) professional development for • Appraise the options for and Some Urban Farming prospective value in establishing corporate volunteers, improved Make and Garter focalcollective point move are andStar community hopeful traffic? No? this report engages U & I
motivation and attendance; market insight/product and service testing opportunities; trainee, apprentice and employee engagement; PR leads and positive social media coverage • Consider the scope for socially responsible procurement in projects’ development – mapping potential, quality assured suppliers from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors in Manchester able to help optimise the social returns on investment achieved • Engage people from across the social identity spectrum in social legacy plans’ critical appraisal and equality impact assessment to optimise developments’ accessibility in physical, financial and cultural terms
Clear from the Imaginarium work is that a cross-section of public consultees want to see the newly reinvigorated Mayfield site incorporate a modern art gallery; a celebration of Manchester’s history – its pioneers in the fields of arts, music, industry and science; riverside cafes and artisan markets that make the very most of the site’s unique location and draw-in visitors through the difference in their offer when compared with other parts of the city centre.
From the consultation report prepared by our collective, it is noted that local people wish to see arts and creative industries encouraged in the way of Mayfield, start-ups and social enterprises given support in establishing themselves there. We hope the U & I and the invested parties: • Facilitate a consultation on needs (in the way of unit specifications) and demand with more than 500 • Develop a pick and mix range of business advice and support options for companies on site to access at low cost or no cost – maximising the use contacts across the arts, creative industries and social enterprise sector in Manchester • Scope the sector’s capacity to add value to the wider development – and, more particularly, the public realm and heritage interpretation aspects of the scheme with a view to helping establish distinctive space of European funded support services already up and running in the city, these ranging from legal and financial to advocacy and mentoring The development of a relevant, rounded and sustainable arts and creative industries hub is what our collective drive towards here.
t Control? No publically funded privately owned PRS
rdable Homes? If there is no flats provided the city centre the council should get money from developers to build themselves
rdability Housing in housing/renting with arts, music, food and heritage partners – maybe even setting in Eco-friendly homes for people of all mes for homeless people in Manchester situ some meanwhile anchor tenants ages and from all backgrounds are what ial rent and social landlords and production partners. This could local people wish to see established of derelict for homeless involve local volunteers in training at sites Mayfield – facilities developments and event production, the earning and incorporating co-housing and family green homesenergy supplies, redemption of a new local currency shared allotment spaces and support ss living in coffin sized rooms/pods with community partners – helping for those presenting with additional n empty warehouses into affordable housing/homes for homeless address inequalities and afford access needs (supported living services and to a wider range of experiences; similar). port for parents to support children helping establish a new metric for rdable housing - passive housing (zero carbon emmissions) retrofit social good; and helping add to the We hope that U & I and the various ycling old building keep some reference good news story taking shape at stakeholders see the industrial/historical value of local Mayfield. like those involved in sing for businesses, families this collective that reports here and tels, communes, communal for residents to come + engage This together establishment of meanwhile the artists, creativesspaces and businesses space and imaginative activity it or losethat it make up the eco system of programme creation could: Manchester to help U & I deliver a ical farms food for Manchester • Realise substantive rate relief for landmark scheme incorporating a port for struggling families tothat allow to arts + culture in the home owners current property variety of amenities willaccess positively • Deliver social good for good’s Working impact Spaces local to reduce isolation indices of deprivation sake – positive impact on the and of disadvantage andcommunity enrich thework city and caring ad Defintion work including lives of previously isolated centre. Our wish is to see Mayfield’s tipurpose. Engaging Do somethning other than work at lunch soft skills, skills for work people, re-development deliver on an and life, friendship networks, inclusive range of social, opportunities for k is purposeful - addresses enviornmental and cultural needs increased civic engagement and people theof commercial, user. Now. Not from after -across Balance both individual and corporate contribution, improved social cultural and community spectrum; to urpose existing spaces/buildings not demolishing and cultural knowledge and help create a development respectful understanding etc. heritage and - aligned with local dios and of artist workshops affordable ones • Provide a public window on what interests in the very broadest sense. 34 Generation boom to the city tangible social legacy might look Our hope is that a development ormancemore Spaces like; a base for ideas’ pilot and imaginative than an any town proof of concept projects coof hotels and offices can be aborativecollection WorkSpaces produced with local groups for brought to be here. ss roots initiative working with state local benefit or generate social w Lifestyle (Hamburg) CBD impact collateral to feed into the And in the interim, we hope application and onManchester City Council, London andresidents planning king spaces in the city centre for all the new = shorter commute going dialogue with authorities, Continental Railways, Transport for sic Rehersal Spae in arches for bands responsible contractors etc. Greater and U & I activate the space pertunities to engage agency withonmyeconomic neighbours to • change Enable relationship-building with and begin delivering consultees and other community socialin good ering for and everyone the citythrough centre inclusive stakeholders. event and activity programming es/Restaurants that arent big chains
s Barriers to1 the city work with communities of interest and place, consultees past and stakeholders • Through present from ding from the bottom upacross the arts, leisure, culture, education, environmental and health spectrum
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uses and delights of the new city park. We can consider: botanical garden quality of sit structural alongside place for vast people to go and for free indemolition. the city centre,elements, benches, picnic, table ... events spaces, ot just be The Officesexisting: main building, old observatories and unique pavilions. railway station and archways would be Whilst also considering; widening ore Green sacrificed for modern revisions. the river and building a unique year around garden station experience in the old Mayfield o Chalets Our research implies the city’s Structures. Preserving the inspiration usic and Cafes residents hold contrasting desires. from Mayfield’s rail-oriented past: The sheds consensus is that retaining and station canopies, carriages, and eep the goods regenerating o Starbucks at Star and heritage Garter - where practical railway tracks could offer a world - in a creative way, would lead to a unique market; an enigmatic artisan ake Star and Garter focal point move unique and different sense of enriched experience. ffic? No?placemaking. There is a clear aspiration In addition, we believe the desire to ore Greenfor Space diverse styles of architecture that see an intriguing setting for a ‘silicon afe Cyclehonour routes inthe without having go through area’s pasttoand that aidcentre to valley’, utilising a pioneering business distinguish elebrate river - fill with Mayfield more waterfrom the rest of district of: digital, creative, and Manchester. artistic entrepreneurship, proposes a ate Parks compelling vision for Mayfield. an I get to Oxford road with out going through Picadilly? Another aspiration for Mayfield is for ut off (re the area being cut of alongand its west border) Our research engaged hundreds of a connected, diverse affordable edrestrianneighbourhood. crossings circulation bridges london road The ‘SRF’arcoss by MCC people. This summary highlights an ot only Taxis, taxis -use (from mayfield train station doesmove not once theoutside word affordable. insight) into the desired values of cultural The conclusions et rid of roads? enlarge spacewe have found are distinctiveness in the areas businesses, for creative entrepreneurship, amid a tourism and arts. The people’s priority is ulpture Public Art distinct character unlike any other area to realise fairer models of housing and eep Mayfield Station Building - Imaginitive reuse of the city, which can be enjoyed by all community infrastructure alongside door Skate park, ice rink, Clubbing spaces - (in the Station) types of people, visitors and residents. heritage, education and creative ome Urban Farming Furthermore, there is an important opportunity. od growing opportunity to enhance the structures,
“Mayfield has the opportunity not only to expand the city centre but to link the city centre with the east of the city. It could be and should be a precedent to other cities to show how a city can integrated travel, leisure, work, life, creatively and history all within one development.”
Mayfield presents opportunities to retain, enhance and memorialise the story of the lost station and its industrious past. This ‘forgotten’ station might come to evoke a sense of ‘industrial nostalgia’ when Manchester was one of the boldest and most influential cities in the world. We also developed research in our Pinterest for styles, inspirations, architecture and ideas at http://pin.it/ rWxvwlB. The long term values of Mayfield should be: to establish diverse, rich infrastructure, to be well integrated and to be a gateway to the city. We believe future research can progress key findings, and further cultivate what it means to develop and inhabit a place with such a distinct story and sense of Mancunian identity. The public demand has been outlined, now they are welcome to supply.
Contributors Event designed and produced by architecture:unknown, Daniel Kelso and Charlie Butterwick. Our community architecture start-up ran this project pro-bono. We are passionate about Manchester and want to work with the people to build better futures through collaboration, community design and engagement. Being part of the Mayfield Imaginarium Collaborative is the embodiment of our practice. Alongside this work we provide traditional architectural services for small to medium size projects, including design work, planning submissions, building regulation applications and surveying. If you have a small project in mind or something of more lofty designs please contact us.
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Many thanks to, Adam Prince - Report copy, survey, event running and social media. Shaun Jenkins - Production images Shaun McIntosh - Report copy and images Imaginarium Workshops: Victoria Payne, Urbed Planner David Chandler, Urbanist
Reece Singleton, Professional Architect Mark Hammill, Urban Planner Ashley van Dyck, Curator and Artist Sally Titterington, LIFE MMU Group
Published on Mar 8, 2017
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