Regenerating dockside – part 2!

On Saturday 12th November, we held our third monthly design workshop for our cohort of young people. This was a continuation of the October session, again working alongside our Gold Sponsors Arup and Planit-IE on their joint project that will regenerate Dockside at Liverpool Waterfront.

We started the day with a quick 20-minute group modelling activity. This involved two competing groups producing quick cardboard models of structures that would carry as many team members off the ground as possible. Both teams did very well, considering structural stability as they improved their ability to work well in a team by delegating tasks to each team member, working quickly and forward-planning.

Participants were then placed into smaller groups, based on their interest towards each of the design team’s priority themes introduced last month – heritage, nature, leisure/culture, and productivity. Several small tasks followed, including creating mind maps of words and sketches based around each theme, using drawing to imagine places and buildings this theme could relate to, and listening to a short presentation that showcased images for inspiration.

After lunch, we introduced the design brief. Similarly to our previous workshop, participants were asked to consider the places, interventions and buildings that would encourage them to visit the regenerated Dockside site as young people. The groups were asked to concentrate on their chosen theme, designing a specific building or place to be communicated through 3D-modelling using craft materials.

Their fantastic ideas included a natural landscape with a greenhouse for butterflies and exotic plants, alongside lakes and a café with views out towards the waterfront. Another involved reinstating one of the docks, refurbishing the clock tower and mooring a large boat containing an integrated restaurant. Each model showed a lot of skill and attention to detail.

We would like to thank Ian Ford and Eleanor Boyce from ARUP, and Chris Hall and Jonathan Helm from Planit-IE for helping to deliver the session. We would also like to thank our Ambassadors, Chris Aitken-Smith and Isabel Daykin for their support on the night.