Manchester College, The Together Trust
Having completed a new £7m building for these two educational institutions in 2012 on the site of the former Rolls Royce engine works in East Manchester, we are working on a 10m high sculpture for the site.
The design was conceived by a student of the Manchester College in a competition, and we have been asked to engineer it. It has 12 steel petals, bent to a curvature, then fixed together at their ends. We have designed the structure and are now working with Chris Brammall Ltd (Cumbria) who will make and install it. Also for the College, we are developing a straw-bale pavilion for this site, in collaboration with Walker Simpson Architects. In January we tested a prototype straw bale vault at the College with the help of engineering students from Manchester University. The next stage of this project is to test a long spanning straw bale arch which will inform the final design.