Option 4: Design Hub/ Creative Studio

Words: Abi Goodman

“It’s the first project with a client that has been really good.” (Second year Interior Design student)

“We’ve moved on since the preliminary pitch. That pitch helped with useful points for us to address.” (Second year Interior Design student)

“If there are some good schemes, we will work with students to bring them into our spaces. Last year we commissioned two students and helped them to develop and install their ideas.” (Bilal Alam – Bruntwood)

Design Studio/ Creative Hub is a project about how we can re-think and re-propose how we inhabit, socialise and work within city workspaces. The project has allowed second year students to work for Bruntwood as a client (who with over one hundred offices in the North-West are on of Manchester’s leading commercial property owners).

Students from BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice, BA (Hons) Interactive Arts, BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design and BA (Hons) Fine Art have formed mini ‘design studios’ to design, make, pitch and create proposals that reimagine spaces within Blackfriars House – an office space within Deansgate. Students were able to choose to make proposals for one of the following – the Stairwells & Lift lobby areas; reception area; loading bay; ground floor area; or roof garden.

We joined the project as students pitched proposals to three representatives from Bruntwood – Simon Bushell, Bilal Alam and Robert Stirling. Bruntwood gave their instant reactions about what excited them, where ideas could develop, asked questions about materials and processes, highlighted things to consider and gave advice on the best ways of communicating the essence of proposals (through elevations, models and visualisations that help the audience envisage the re-imagined spaces).

We look forward to seeing how they develop. You can see the proposals at this year’s Unit X exhibition at Mount Street – we’ll see you there!



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