Shape My City with Design West

In June, we headed to Bedminster in Bristol with a group of students from Design West’s Shape My City diverse talent accelerator programme.

Our team of Town Planners, Urban Designers, Architects and Landscape Architects led a workshop on the theme of Sustainable Planning which explored the voices and criteria that shape places, using our Whitehouse Street Regeneration Framework project as a live canvas.

The walking tour

A walking tour gave the students a chance to explore the Whitehouse Street Regeneration site, experience its current uses, character, massing, heritage, landscape and infrastructure, and then consider the constraints and future opportunities.

Your voice

Before the workshop, we asked the students to answer two questions to gauge their personal experience of planning and development:

Have you ever been asked for your views on plans for new development in your neighbourhood?

What would it take to get you more engaged in the future of your neighbourhood?

The workshop was an opportunity for the students to better understand the consultation process and the importance of community engagement for sustainable planning.

As the Whitehouse Street project is currently at consultation stage, it was a perfect time for students to make their voices heard and have their observations genuinely feed into a live project.

About Shape My City

Shape My City is an award-winning talent accelerator programme for 15-18 year olds that seeks to change the future workforce across the built environment. Through the programme, Design West aims to give talented young people opportunities they might not otherwise have. Female students, those from BAME backgrounds and under-represented socio-economic groups are particularly encouraged to take part.

A new partnership with Design West

We are proud to support the work of Design West through our sponsorship of the new first floor of their Bristol venue which is set to be their cultural heart and home to regular talks, workshops and events programme including Shape My City.