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ECD Responsible Business project working with Orbit Homes and Wates Residential

Student Design Workshop

Bexley, London

Client Organisation: Wates Residential & Orbit Group
Pupil / Student Body: London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus
Event Type: Student Workshop
Event Date: January 2020

Over a four week period in January & February 2020, ECD Associate Director Lizzy Westmacott and Architectural Technologist Niall O'Cleirigh ran a workshop for Construction and Built Environment students at the London South East Colleges - Bexley Campus at which the students developed designs for a series of balconies on our Park East project and got to see one of their designs actualised at the Sapphire balcony factory in Thetford, a town just outside Cambridge.

The workshop was split over three sessions held in collaboration with Wates Construction and Orbit Housing Association – our client and ultimate client for Park East, a new development of 320 homes at Arthur Street in Erith. It was a great event in which to be involved; the students were incredibly excited to be working on a real project. Many of the students were from Erith and the surrounding areas, and knew and/or had friends who lived on the Arthur Street estate.

The workshops commenced with an introduction to Park East, and a discussion of methods for developing patterns in design. The students then broke into groups to explore narratives and the social and cultural context of the local area. Each group prepared a three slide PowerPoint illustrating their design premise, inspiration images and sketch outcomes for further development. These sketches were then developed in a collaborative process to create patterns for the building balconies. The students were taken on a tour of the balcony factory so they could get an understanding of the manufacturing process. And, whilst they were there, a prototype of the panel design was cut out which was subsequently painted and sent to college!

ECD Responsible Business project working with Orbit Homes and Wates Residential
ECD Responsible Business project working with Orbit Homes and Wates Residential
ECD Responsible Business project working with Orbit Homes and Wates Residential