In October 2014 architecture and construction students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) visited Accrington to experience two regeneration projects.
The Woodnook project aims to turn a derelict neighbourhood into a modern community and was a big hit with students. Martin Ellerby, Head of New Business and Innovation for the project, guided them round the new show homes. He explained how the technical challenges for the project are being met and also answered any questions which the students had about the project.
After this the students attended Haworth Art Gallery, where the grounds are being regenerated. Buttress Architects are working on the stable blocks, tool shed and petrol store in order to turn them into art studios.
Emma Lomax, a current UCLan Master’s students in building conservation and regeneration, is also an architect at the firm. She gave a talk in front of her classmates, explaining how the project was being completed. The students also got to look around the areas which were being renovated so they could see what challenges had to be overcome.
The trip was well received by students, who enjoyed the opportunity to experience live project work. Third year architecture student, Ka Long Mot said: “I felt that the trip was a very practical experience which helped me gain real and reliable information.”
Jonathan Weston, who studies MSc Building Conservation and Regeneration, echoed these thoughts. He added: “It was a good insight into how development can be achieved through the main restoration work.”