Ben Warren

Cycle Hub for the Community

park hill, sheffield

the park hill cycle hub is sited at the point of convergence for a multitude of methods of transport, at a place where the contrast in soundscape between rural and urban is at its most extreme. the cycle hub aims to encourage connection between the residents of the developing park hill community, whether that be families, commuters or elderly people. an axis to infinity is created through a multi-tiered café, which overlooks the train line and a roof terrace, where children can safely learn how to ride a bike.


Urban Seed Library

northern quarter, manchester

the urban seed library redefines the traditional idea of the library and reinterprets the victorian glasshouse to celebrate the heritage of manchester’s northern quarter. the library introduces much-needed greenery and public space into the area; places of rest and interaction both indoor and outdoor, as well as providing gardening spaces for nearby residents, research spaces for academics and storage space for the preservation of endangered species of plant.


Intergenerational Housing Scheme

burngreave, sheffield

the burngreave intergenerational housing scheme aims to bridge the gap between the book-end generations and to serve as a catalyst for both learning and play, to improve the wellbeing of both age groups. the scheme is designed to provide privacy without isolation, through the use of a shared, sunken courtyard to protect its potentially vulnerable users. elderly residents have the independence of their own front door, with a fully accessible home that features a spare room which can be adapted, depending on their circumstances. an on-site café and nursery provides opportunities for social mixing and engages with burngreave’s residents, to ensure the schemes’ benefits are felt throughout the neighbourhood.

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