Rhydian Eldridge, Brandon McKeown, Craig Neal, Jonathon Tinsley
The project began with the raw reaction to context at its very core – by building on the already well-established industrial framework of Cammell Lairds, the project attempted to create a template for future growth through the manipulation of an existing typology – the industrial town. This particular typology came to fruition in the early part of the 20th Century with realisations such as Bournville, Saltaire and more locally Port Sunlight. This framework is adapted to suit a modern context but the more defining characteristics remained true to their original vision. All residents are employees of the Cammell Laird and LJMU Lairdside co-operative and each resident owns shares in their community as a whole. Our ambition was to knit into the existing urban fabric by plugging into the physical context to the West of the site and re-animating the edge of the River Mersey to the East, thereby serving the existing residents of Birkenhead and also those of the proposed intervention.