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Group 12 Soapbox

Posted 1 May 2018 13:12
George hard at work fixing the bunting through eyelets in the top corners of the soapbox.
Posted 1 May 2018 13:10
Removing the last of the protective film!
Posted 1 May 2018 13:07
The notched base detail for the studwork cross bracing!
Posted 1 May 2018 13:05
George in awe of the studwork detailing.
Posted 1 May 2018 13:04
Fastening the last of the screws to secure the fabric canopy in place!
Posted 1 May 2018 13:03
The canvas has arrived and we will start to measure it up today so that it can be sewn on Monday morning!
Posted 27 Apr 2018 13:35
Like the person, the ply wood is also being cut to size so that it can fit in the stud 'wings'. These will be spray painted once the design team has finished their designs and stencils.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 13:34
The clear perspex panels are being fixed to the 'wings'! We are hoping to fill these panels with models that are relevant to the Manchester histories Festival.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 13:34
Some of our design team are working on the stencils that will be used for the spray painted plywood designs. These will be fixed to the stud 'wings'.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 13:33
The structure fully assembled on site - ahead of a check from the structural engineers!
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:23
This morning we received some feedback from the structural engineers on how best to improve a couple of our connection details. Thankfully, all of the alterations required are minor!
Posted 23 Apr 2018 16:51
For the first time during the build we have both stud winds erected on our base!
Posted 23 Apr 2018 16:35
The design and construction manual team are busy and preparing the final document that will be given to the client. Within the next couple of days, they will collaborate with the construction team and take photos of the individual components being put together. This will help ensure the construction manual is coherent and the Soapbox is simple to erect.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 14:49
The pallets are all a little different in size, therefore each one needs to be slightly amended so that the overall dimensions sions of the Soapbox is correct.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:35
We have split the construction team into three sub teams. Group 1 are working on the pallets and preparing them to be fixed to the ply sheets. Group 2 are continuing with the first stud 'wing' and last but not least, group 3 are finalising the other stud 'wing' whilst preparing initial drawings for the construction manual.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:34
Finalising the connection details at the start of the day!
Posted 19 Apr 2018 15:35
Triple checking our drawings and measurements before we start sawing the timbers!
Posted 19 Apr 2018 14:31
Scorcher! What a day to start the build.
Posted 19 Apr 2018 14:31
The construction team have been preparing the final drawings and ensuring all dimensions are correct before the first timbers are cut. The other team are off to a positive start and have already proposed great ideas for the perspex design.
Posted 19 Apr 2018 14:30
After meeting with two engineers from Laing O'Rourke, group 12 have now assembled and sent off a design proposal report - in the hope of receiving final approval from the structural engineers. The report features information on the site, ground condition and use of the soapbox. It also includes drawings, a material list and a build strategy.
Posted 10 Apr 2018 17:46
Yesterday, group 12 met with two structural engineers from Laing O'Rourke as well as our collaborators from the Manchester Histories Festival. We received some structural advice ahead of sending off a final design proposal for the soapbox in order for it to be signed off by the engineers. We also selected a specific location for the soapbox in All Saints Park. The location provides a flat, hard surface for the structure as well as providing an engaging experience for the viewer.
Posted 10 Apr 2018 17:38
Meet The Team

Name: Alec Bradley
Graduated from: University of Nottingham | 2015
Experience: Grimshaw Architects, London.
Atelier: MSAp
Interests: Travel, football (watching), running, pubs.
Posted 8 Mar 2018 15:24
Group 12 - Soapbox

We are meeting with our undergraduate students to develop the design of the Soapbox on Thursday 08/03. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone in our group what a Soapbox is, and encourage some ideas for what a 'contemporary soapbox' may be.

In it's simplest form, a soapbox is a box or a crate used to elevate a public speaker. Our task is to create a 'contemporary soapbox' which aligns with the themes for the Manchester Histories Festival. These themes are: protest, democracy and freedom of speech.

A contemporary soapbox could take on many forms. Could the soapbox double up as a piece of art? Could it utilise recycled materials and act as a statement in itself by doing so? Could the soapbox be mobile? Or could the soapbox utilise a more modern form of freedom of speech social media?

We are very excited to develop the design of the Soapbox on Thursday!

Posted 5 Mar 2018 20:22