Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Today I visited the Groundwork project offices in Castlefield, Manchester and met up with Georgie Brown, the senior project officer for neighbourhood regeneration.  We discussed the project and considered ways in which we could work together and plan some group activities. She was particularly keen for me to consider one of her action areas, Clayton Vale, an area of open parkland that divides Newton Heath with Clayton. This could provide an opportunity for local inhabitants to make photographs on a number of themes to do with how they interact with the area. Some parts of this area have been redeveloped including the removal of an old power station which was still standing in the mid 1980's but which has now been replaced with the Sport City Velodrome which borders Philips Park.
Later on spent some time exploring the area now called New Islington which borders the area leading into Manchester on the Piccadilly side.  It was interesting looking at some of the new architecture that has sprung up including a Will Alsop building that borders the Ashton canal. The building has text written on it which suggests destinations along the canal.  There is also a new estate nearby which has a very modern Dutch appearance - this was planned and built with proper consultation with the Cardroom residents who chose a plan proposed by FAT (Fashion, Architecture, Taste).
I shall add some images when processed.

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