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Design Workshops October 2017

Design Workshops October 2017


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In October we held a series of design workshops where residents were invited to drop in to discuss key themes including;

Housing quality
A full scale floor plan of a typical two bedroom flat was laid out on the floor during the workshops so that anyone could walk around and get a feel of the proposed room sizes. The floor plan marked out major furniture items so that the residents were able to get a real feel for how the new properties would work. This visual aid allowed people the opportunity to start imagining what their new home would look like. Residents gave positive feedback about the proposed balcony spaces and the amount of storage space included in the designs of the new properties. Additionally, residents noted that the proposed storage cupboards were of a good size in comparison to their existing storage facilities.

Jobs and training
Workmatch attended all workshops to offer support and guidance to any individuals who had a key interest in job or training opportunities. By the end of the design workshop sessions, several local residents had registered their interest in future opportunities.

New park and outside space
Overall, positive feedback was given concerning the consolidation of open space into one large new park that will run through the centre of the estate. Residents felt it was a better use of space and would allow more homes to overlook green space. Feedback from residents suggested that they would like the park to be well lit so that it is accessible after dark, especially during winter periods.

Transport & parking
Very positive feedback was given concerning access to public transport. However, residents would like to see fewer cars parked around the estate, possibly through the use of a Controlled Parking Zone, and were very keen on the idea of promoting shared vehicles and short cuts for cyclists.

Leisure centre/library facilities/community uses
The proposals for the new leisure centre received particularly positive comments, especially from the younger attendees who felt that the glass frontage, allowing for views across the park, was a very attractive feature.


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