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Prototype of the Community Hub at the rear podium of the university's Marylebone campus

Community Hub Live Project

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Together with staff and students from the University of Westminster, we are in the process of designing and building a new QHT-funded Live Community Hub.

The project aims to be a beacon of community engagement inspiring young people. A series of co-creation workshops support activities for young people in the area.

Students engaged in public engagement to better understand the needs and aspirations of locals. Students then developed designs for a visionary community hub based on the initial research. 

As a first step, we developed a 1:1 prototype, which is currently situated at the rear podium at our Marylebone Campus. The design is based on a triangular modular system and two alternating modules have been built with students’ help in collaboration with Mervyn Rodrigues Associates, Jan Kattein and BloQs. The prototype includes a lightweight translucent polycarbonate roof providing protection and will be used to experiment with innovative cladding solutions including ideas of upcycling and developing co-creation methodologies with the local community. 

Students gain direct, hands-on experience of the planning and construction process, enhancing and broadening their range of skills, and developing their confidence through dealing with stakeholders and construction professionals. 

www.openstudiowestminster.org/live-design-practice/community-hub-live-project/

Testing individually designed and hand-made hexagon ceramic tiles

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Construction of the prototype with students and BloQs

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Testing individual cladding ideas on the Prototype

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Design discussion with the structural engineer with development models
Left: Digital model collage