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Bachelor of Architecture

Matthew Hargreaves

Chorlton for All Ages

This project began from an initial meeting I had with Valuing Older People, a division of Manchester City Council, as in 2010 they were successful in their application for Manchester to be granted Age Friendly City status and wished to collaborate with local partners, including architecture students, to develop an understanding of what an Age Friendly Manchester actually means, with the Manchester ward of Chorlton being chosen to develop these ideas further.   This project has been to develop proposals for Chorlton District Centre focussing on the needs of age groups that are often excluded by design processes, i.e. older and younger people, to design a scheme that is as accessible as possible, with the aim of developing a better understanding of the Age-Friendly city concept for Manchester, and to help VOP in making a case for the Chorlton District Centre regeneration.

My design transforms the heart of Chorlton from an outdated 1970s shopping precinct and overbearing office block, into a vibrant mixed-use community function environment and public civic centre.  Although the site still remains a predominantly retail environment, a number of additional buildings and spaces are provided in response to my initial site analysis and literature review to make it a more accessible environment for people of all ages.  The interconnected nature of the internal and external spaces has been designed to promote the idea of Intergenerational Design, a concept that derives from analysis of my public consultation events, bringing generations together to create a more cohesive community.

Matthew Hargreaves - Chorlton District Centre

Chorlton District Centre

Matthew Hargreaves - Chorlton event space

Chorlton event space

Matthew Hargreaves - Site section through central public space and 'hang-out' building

Site section through central public space and 'hang-out' building

Matthew Hargreaves - Section through typical shop unit

Section through typical shop unit

Matthew Hargreaves - Chorlton Arts Hub

Chorlton Arts Hub

Tags: Accessible, All Ages, Chorlton, Chorlton For All Ages, For All Ages, Inclusive, Inclusive Design, Intergenerational, Intergenerational Design, Intergenerational Practice, Older, Younger

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