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Thanks Rickie for your post on Chimney Pot Park. When I first saw Chimney Pot Park I was definitely wow’d by the style of the development, having refurbished a series of derelict Victorian terraced houses. The design looks great and responds well to many issues associated with the back lanes of Victorian terraces. However, Richard makes an important point when saying how the architects seem to have “chased architectural recognition and immediate returns ahead of a strong basis in place making”. I agree with this point, and several others in Richard’s post. I also feel like Urban Splash could have integrated some high-quality outdoor green space towards the front of the terraces, along with extending these routes into the wider development. It is a shame that Chimney Pot Park has been the victim of anti-social behaviour, vandalism and theft (Scheerhout, 2017), but I think perhaps with their massive £88 million budget, Urban Splash could have done something more to integrate Chimney Pot Park into the wider area. As Richard points out, the development priced out a lot of locals and led to a small-scale gentrification of the area. The designs focused too much on the internal layouts and “gimmick” architectural features, as Richard points out, without giving anything of real value to the existing community. Perhaps, if the developers had been keen on working with the local community, and building something that is actually relevant to the locals who already live there, the development could have been more of a success. 

References:

Sheerhout, J. (2017). “Residents leave landmark Salford regeneration project after rise in crime and vandalism” Manchester Evening News. Accessed 20/05/19. Available at: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/residents-leave-landmark-salford-regeneration-13742443 

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