Group 01

St Mary’s Levenshulme is a Primary School which strives to educate its pupils about the importance of sustainability and has a strong focus on play facilities and activities outdoors. The school’s emphasis on sustainability and reuse informs all design decisions alongside their ever-expanding forest school programme. In collaboration with this year’s First, Second and Fifth Year students, the aim of this event is to design and create a sensory walk. Working alongside the pupils, we will produce a working fully recycled component for use within the design as well as a full site model. Throughout the event we will be asked to present work and pitch our final design proposal to our Collaborator.

Emily H / Anna Charlotte R / Joseph Christopher K

MEET THE COLLABORATOR - St Mary's RC. Primary School

Our collaborator this year is St Mary's RC. Primary School located in Levenshulme. The school has strong ethos for outdoor learning and aim for 10% of all teaching to take place outdoors as part of their Forest School Program. St Mary's also believes in teaching the pupils about sustainability through various activities within the school. The school follows the Laudato Si: Live Simply Scheme which aims to teach pupils to:
- Live Simply
- Live Sustainably
- Live in Solidarity

This project will involve designing a Sensory Walk to be part of St Mary's' outdoor learning programme, allowing the pupils to explore the different senses during teaching and play sessions. We will be exploring different sustainable solutions and will be collaborating alongside the pupils to create an exciting and educational space for all people within the St Mary's Community.
Posted 9 Mar 2020 21:30
Meet Group 1, a team of 4 MArch students. A friendly group all having graduated from different universities merging a range of work styles, ethics and interests together.

Joe – USE
Emily - LULU
Anna - LULU
Posted 10 Mar 2020 12:45
During this project you will further develop skills used widely within the industry including site surveying, model making, presentation skills whilst generating creative design solutions.
Posted 10 Mar 2020 16:50
St Mary's RC Primary School currently have a variety of different playgrounds/wooded areas and learning areas. Towards the rear of the site is a disused space in need refurbishment. This would be one of the main access points to the proposed allotment and learning areas in which the school is currently carrying out.
Posted 16 Mar 2020 13:44
The Senses - SIGHT
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The Senses - HEARING
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The Sense - TOUCH
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The Sense - TASTE
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The Senses - SMELL
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Site Characteristics
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How To Reach The Site
Posted 22 Mar 2020 15:07
St.Mary's RC. Primary currently teaches students the importance of sustainable design and offers students the opportunity to produce physical components from materials including willow. The existing playground includes serval play spaces such as the forest school, timber climbing features, recycled tyres for climbing, allotment and outdoor teaching spaces. Each year the students are asked to bring in shoes so each class can take part in growing their own plants from their shoes.
Posted 22 Mar 2020 16:31
Session Plan: Week 1
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Session Plan: Week 2
Posted 22 Mar 2020 21:51

Re-use and sustainability is a key part of St Mary's RC. Primary School's ethos. Here is a guide on how to re-use plastic bottles to create a hanging green wall. Ideas similar to this could be used within our project to create an exciting and educational sensory walk without generating any further waste.
Posted 23 Mar 2020 20:12
The Minds Eye Garden - London

Designed as a sensory space for blind and partially sighted people, the 30ft sq ft garden is designed around interaction with senses particularly focused around sight. The back walls are covered with Mondrian-inspired artwork using primary colours which is eye-catching and easy to distinguish. The glass box or ‘infinity pit’ in the center has water running down the glass wall which distorts and blurs vision. Its concept is to suggest trepidation when sight diminishes. Looking through the glass to the plants and flowers beyond to simulate water running down a flower painting. The stone water trail is used as a pathfinder via sound to guide one around the garden.
Posted 23 Mar 2020 21:59

There are other creative methods that can be incorporated into designs that are sustainable and utilise re-use. For example, tyre walls, bottle bird feeders and cup wind chimes.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 08:24