Friday, 28 November 2008

links and possible future projects?

Lloyds Corner landscape and urban design ideas

feedback on washing line of urban design

  1. People liked: 2 Comments: Perfect invitation for street drinkers to return 12 residents 100% no seating Seamans, Mind, Local Trading Company, Jay Jays, Opticians, Ink Express, Ted Williams. Twistys
  2. People liked:6 Comments:Like the paving Not bad 3 comments: Cobbles unsafe for elderly resident (Kersley Road)
  3. People liked: 9 Comments : Looks impressive but not suitable. A place to stop and think. I like this but it is likely to get vandalised and it would be a tripping hazard for the blind and elderly. Could put some small pieces on some of the kerb. Small clusters near the kerb edge distanced about 3ft apart will stop cars driving onto the area.
  4. People liked: 7 Comments : I like this idea (resident). Maybe a lot smaller bushes. OK. I like bushes around trees.
  5. People liked: 3 Comments: Perfect for kids + mums to relax. Not a good idea too near a main road to have unsupervised children playing. Parent. Area too small for a water feature that kids could play in, but I like the idea. Resident. Too many health and safety issues.
  6. People liked: 8 Comments : I like this, who would maintain the pots. Resident. Looks nice would need to be secured to floor, and not too big. Resident. It’s ok. Resident. Nice and colourful (2 comments).. I like sunflowers.
  7. People liked: 6 Comments : Ok. Worker. Could display local schools artwork. Resident. OK would need to make sure it didn’t block access and visibility.

  8. People liked: 8 Comments : Shelter with more green. Simple interactive fun. Re-instate gas lamp. A social sheltered space, seating and gathering space like Facony Square in France. Very green, very funny. Like the idea but not with shelter, or seating. Shop owner. Nice but I don’t think it would get used properly, people anything it if was not fastened down. Resident. Perhaps something similar that could be used without pieces. Belgrave Square
  9. People liked: 4 Comments: Trees lots of them. Nice idea, but too many trees. Resident. Perhaps just a couple of trees. Thorpe Close. Trees + permanent space clearing for temporary exhibitions(community)
  10. People liked: 5 Comments: The kiosk might be alright it depends what it is used for . A small kiosk prompting London road amenities. Used by different shops from the street promotion.
  11. People liked: None Comments: no comments

  12. People liked: 2 Comments: Flat with the floor colour reflective. I like this it is interesting and makes you think of the environment. Would just be sat or laid upon. Alderson Road. Dangerous for infirm and elderly. Thorpe Close. Area is not big enough for this. Worker London Road.
  13. People liked: 5 Comments: No comments

Lloyds Corner Summary I

Lloyds Corner .
Informal public consultation (Saturday 4th October 2008)

The following note is based on the comments collected on site on Saturday 4th October and in the Lloyds Pharmacy shop by Paula. I did not have a chance to look at and transcribe the original post it and therefore this note is based on the document produced by Paula. The consultation was very limited and therefore is not necessarily representative of the views/desires of the people using the Lloyds corner. However the following ideas emerge from the comments. (the quotations from the notes are in italics; in italics bold when they come from the board rather than the images, I added the words in red to help understanding the context, the general comments are based on my interpretation)
· Words used to described what the space could look like:
o Nice and colourful
o Simple interactive fun/very funny
o Very green/more green
o Like the paving/looks impressive
o Bushes around trees
o Water feature that kids could play in but area too small/health and safety issues
o Trees lots of them but not too many trees, just a couple of trees
o Trees +permanent space clearing for temporary exhibitions(community)
o The monumental sculpture with colourful background had 5 votes but no comments
o Sculptures
o Not too ambitious
· Need to find a function for that space
o A social Sheltered space, seating and gathering space
o Display local school artworks/art space
o A place to stop and think
o Stop cars driving onto the area
o For kids and mum to relax/art children can climb on
o A small kiosk prompting London Road amenities, used by different shops for the street promotion
o Make you think of the environment (sculpture in paving)
o A market once a week
o Anything that is good for business
o Grow some food/plants
o Milk shake bar
o Temporary big screen for cinema, blades away matches
· Identification of potential problems
o Who would maintain the pots
o Secured to floor
o Make sure it did not block access and visibility
o Perfect invitation for street drinkers to return
o Cobbles unsafe for elderly resident/tripping hazard for the blind and elderly(paving)
o It is likely to get vandalised
o Not a good idea near a main road to have unsupervised children playing
· Other specific suggestions (based on the suggestions on board)
o Re-instate gas lamp
o Dog mess bin
o Solar energy
o Wind break
o A neighbourhood warden

General comments
· Contradiction between preferences for welcoming space to seat, chat, eat…etc and the strong opinion that any sitting arrangement even informal would attract street drinkers, which is perceived to be the main problem by local residents and shop keepers. My suggestion would be to have a temporary arrangement of sitting/shelter may be a mobile café (I have seen that in London and at the wood craft fair in Endcliffe Park), to test/demonstrate the effect of reclaiming the space for other activities rather than unoccupied and neglected.
· The image showing a more informal birch woodland was not selected by any participant; this might indicate that Lloyds Corner is perceived as an urban space; Implying dominance of hard surfaces, visually open and intensively maintained. However in order to create more sustainable urban environment, we (professionals/environmentalists) are promoting more porous surfaces in dense urban locations to allow for rain water to permeate on site and reduce risk of flooding; I suppose the challenge is to achieve the right balance.
· The less inspiring image with the sculptural bike parking arrangement did not get any vote; this might reveal higher expectation for the space, not just functional with uninspiring street furniture?

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Next Meeting Date

The next Action Group meeting has been proposed for the 26th Nov at 6.30pm at the meeting room at The Old School, South View Road. I will draw up an agenda, which I will forward around before the meeting for anyone to add other items, the recent email from Julia be our main focus (building exploratory)

The 26th of the month will be generally when I will be calling meetings however we will discuss how people feel about this at the next meeting and also decide what we will do about Christmas time..

Tools: Lloyds Corner Urban Design Folder

Building Exploratory II: 2008-9

The Building Exploratory will have two key elements; the displays and the workshops. The displays will primarily include three Sheffield University Live Projects, (Lost in Lansdowne, Grow Sheffield Food Map and Arch). There will also be displays relating to the Distinctive Sharrow Toolkit, The Distinctive Sharrow Action Group, and the shortlist of the signposts competition and update on the flags project and the work of Holly Barnes, the Community Forester.

It has been decided that we will run three workshops, the first about Lloyds Corner, which will be designed by the action group according to the outcomes of their current research into the space and its significance. The second will be an architecture trail which will invite people to photograph their local buildings and also map their routes through the area. The third will be a signposts project where people will design and place signposts in places around Sharrow. These workshops will need to be designed in greater detail. The information gathered from them will be fed into briefs for action in Sharrow and be displayed in the shop for the duration of the project.

We now need to confirm a venue and hope to hold the exploratory within the next couple of months. The shop opening hours will depend on the availability of the forum staff and volunteers. A timetable will be posted on the blog where volunteers can sign up to times. The shop window will be used to further promote the events and also to display the work produced during the events.

The outcomes of the shop should be:

1. To inform: present the projects that are currently ongoing- live projects (Lansdowne/ Arch/ Grow Sheffield), toolkit projects (Flags/ Signs/ Lloyd’s Corner), and Community Forrester projects.

2. To allow people to speculate on where these projects should go next, feed in to emerging briefs and respond to what has happened before.

3.To engage local businesses and allow them a space to give their views on their area.

4. To publicise the Action Group and invite people to join in.

Monday, 3 November 2008


4th November 2008

Join us for the first in a series of open monthly sessions inviting discussion around participation, action and interdisciplinary collaboration in local urban contexts.

With presentations from...

Anne Marie Culhane {Grow Sheffield}

Transition Sheffield

The sessions aim to explore contemporary social, artistic and urban issues, whilst encouraging informal networking and dialogue between local practitioners, professionals and residents, generating new ideas and collaborations.

Drinks and a basic buffet will be provided, but if you can, please bring an item of food, however small, to add to the table!

For more information on Ta(l)king Place to join the mailing list contact Sam or Charlotte at
Phone: 07516641482

This project is part of the Invitations To Join In programme, a series of participatory projects delivered collaboratively by Encounters and local artists, organisations and individuals interested in participation and dialogue. Invitations To Join In is running from the Encounters Shop, Sharrow, Sheffield.