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APPRENTICE CENTRE WARRINGTON

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APPRENTICE CENTRE WARRINGTON


BrianSpecMan's proposal

APPRENTICE CENTRE: IDEAS FOR SITE & BUILDINGS

The following assumptions are listed here without a briefing by the client, they need verification & development.

Whilst the buildings are the backdrop for some very important work, they can:

The briefing process must be entirely engaged with the actors in the Apprentice Centre to ensure:

The buildings are mere containers for the very important activities of the Apprentice Centre, whose primary function is help a small percentage of the popoulation that for many reasons have lacked appropriate:

this population may be:

but they all need support and help in their:

The buildings need to nurture the centres ambitions and inspire Centre actors, Apprentices and visitors alike


PROJECT AMBITIONS:

Initially the Apprentice Centre will focus on the Construction Industry and in particular:

with the view to help constructors or construction waste handlers:


FUTURE DEVELOPMENT:

There are many related areas that the project can expand into at later dates, but initially the training is to provide dedicated, focused and competent workers that can become ‘Waste Champions’ and support the profitability of any constructor or waste handling contractors as part of the bigger building supply chain.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

There are numerous agencies, providing skills training programmes, industry campaigns, targets or ambitions that can be adopted or aligned with: e.g.:

There are numerous examples of successful training centres to learn from:

The most important outcome for the Apprentice is to qualify with:

PLACES TO SEE & EXPERIENCE RECYCLING IN ACTION

TEACHING THEORY IN PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS

SCOPE

PRACTICAL TRAINING

OUTREACH TO INDUSTRY


RESPONSE TO SITE & CONTEXT

Base on an A4 Black and White aerial photograph of the site in context and no further information

ASSUMPTIONS:

  • Based on sun shadows (but no time reference) the site may have the main road to the south +/- 90 degrees
  • Based on the size of cars and other vehicles
    • frontage to the main road is about 60 m
    • depth of the bulk of the site is 100 m
  • Prevailing wind assumed to be from south west. 

SITE BOUNDARIES & CONTEXT:

RESPONSE TO CONTEXT

Public front to south

Communal heart

Private backs to north

Green Spaces to east and west


BUILDINGS & SPACES

Residential spaces

Nurturing and People Recycling

Workshop space

Training and Workshop space

Food and Drink

Administration

DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES, DIFFERENT PLACES & DIFFERENT BUILDINGS:

The proposed buildings are likely to contain housing, recreation spaces, training facilities with numerous supporting activities.

The housing may need to offer many types for experience as the individuals grow in their capability:

For every one of the supporting activities there is an opportunity for another trianing programme and Apprentice scheme as the Centre develops


SPECIAL PLACES TO CATCH UP ON LIFE THAT PASSED YOU BY

A place where all manners of experiential deprivation can be put to right:

The recreation, learning, interaction and sharing spaces may be as diverse as:

SEPARATE ACTIVITIES

INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACES:

RECYCLED AND/OR GREEN BUILDING AND STREET FURNITURE:

These could be designed to maximise the exposition of materials with recycled content to show the remainder of a ‘closed loop’ after the segregation and recycling.

The nature of the activities could embrace and allow:

they could include:

The products used and exhibited could and should include products with other environmental or green characteristics.


© BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
8th October 2011 - 14th July 2013 

APPRENTICE CENTRE WARRINGTON


The Relationship Centre

We are an award winning local charity working, supporting young people at risk, care leavers and families in difficulties. Established in 1999 we deal with a wide spectrum of relationship problems from those initial issues that can be addressed by employing cognitive behavioural and solution-focussed therapies, through to family mediation support. In addition, we specialise in intervention services for those with acute, historical and inter-generational relationship issues. Our services address the associated addictive behaviours such as self-harm, drug and alcohol misuse, running away, abusive and sexualised behaviours.

The Relationships Centre is a registered charity in England and Wales. Reg. No: 1078372.  The Relationships Centre (Cheshire) Ltd is the sole trading arm of the Relationships Centre. Company Reg. No 05173755.


The Site

Plan of site in Warrington 50 png

Fig. 2 Aerial view fo site and surrounds


The Client's Ambition

(not seen by Brian Murphy before preparing the paper in left column)

The Life Skills Academy

Our Vision: Sustainable employment  and greater life chances for care leavers.

Aim: We aim to tackle poor outcomes for disadvantaged Young people by building their employability through recycling opportunities and apprenticeships.

Objective: is to provide intensive emotional wraparound support matched with real job placements.

We will do this by working alongside our private and public partners to ensure a successful transition to adulthood and independent living for these young people.

We will raise the aspirations of local Young people between the ages of 16 and 19 who are care leavers or classed as not in education, employment or training and support them to achieve their goals and dreams.

Our unique selling point is that we prepare and offer Young People a ‘job contract’

We do this by:

- Providing real job’s through working with our private company and partners.

- Providing wraparound emotional support to assist the Young person to obtain, maintain and sustain the job opportunity.

- Providing a training solution to prepare the Young people for the opportunity.

- Providing stable accommodation to increase and sustain engagement levels.

The Model:

The development of the Social Enterprise is evolving daily but the structure is as follows:

There are four sections that make up the Social Enterprise, based on sound principles that enable a young people to combine a journey through emotional literacy with the acquisition of the Life Skills they need to have a realistic chance of achieving their full potential. We will achieve this through the use of a cost effective and sustainable model.

The Aim of the LSA will be to take on young people who are currently classed as NEET- Not in Employment, Education or Training. The majority will be care leavers however we will consider others who are in the NEET category but who have not been placed in the care of the local authority. Enabling them to understand and contribute to the communities in which they live. -The reasoning behind this is that the Government is providing funding opportunities for this group and that makes this a fundable resource.

Our objective is to combine therapeutic interventions with business development- this will be achieved by creating a partnership between the Third Sector, the Business sector and the statutory sector (the Corporate Parent). 

1. The Life Skills Academy- this will be a building built by for and with young people it will be designed using the skills of people like Brian Murphy the architect who specked the British Library together with other forward thinking people who care about creating a suitable environment. It will be built by young people as part of their apprenticeship, we are working in partnership with Warrington Collegiate, which is part of Chester University (we also have interest from a number of other Universities. We will also involve local businesses through the local chamber of commerce. This element will be driven by The Relationships Centre with commitment and support from the other elements. It will provide a full range of emotional literacy training together with the essential life skills that we all need to succeed in our daily lives.

Our client group will be made up of young people who are currently in the care of the Local Authority, there will be a unit cost for each place operating on a sliding scale dependant on need and

Interventions needed. The cost will also relate to the amount of time needed. Initial interest has been very positive, the Director of Children's services from East Cheshire stated "this is a major section of core business that no one has managed to address effectively.
You will be pushing at an open door" and "I have already identified a funding stream ".

Additional meetings are planned with representatives of Children's Services in different areas.

2. Training Flats- One of the most consistent and difficult to resolve issues affecting young people and in particular care leavers is independent living accommodation, the Local Authority has a duty to help each young person obtain accommodation once they leave residential care. But in practice this is often very difficult to achieve with the limited opportunities available. Often when a training flat is available it is an area where the young person cannot be supported effectively and where they may be exposed to additional negative external influences, that they are not skilled to deal with. The training flats will provide the young care leavers with the opportunity to live in a supported environment that enables them to continue on their journey to independent living whilst ensuring that they are able to access support and guidance on a daily basis. The flats will be allocated as part of a package that will be offered to L.A's. Initially we are planning a base package cost that will cover a fixed period of six months. Where a young person has specific needs or requires additional time at the LSA these will be added in three month increments.  This is not a long term placement and is intended to enable them to gain the emotional Literacy and life skills that they require to succeed in life, it is also intended to lead them into the world of employment and this will be via the third element of the S.E.

3. Employment and training- The vast majority of young people referred to the S.E via the LSA will require an introduction to work or additional training, so prior to and throughout their initial involvement with the project they will be provided with information and experience relating to  all the opportunities available to them. One of the biggest issues facing the Charity sector has always been the issue of sustainability and the need to rely on grants and service level agreements with L.A's. This has meant that organisations have developed services in line with funding opportunity's rather than the needs identified by their clients. As most grants are for three years at a time, at the end of this period this has often meant that they have been unable to continue to provide those services that are grant dependant, even though there is an identified and proven need.

Although the LSA will still seek out funding opportunities to develop and provide new and additional services our aim is to develop other funding streams to assist with sustainability. To this end we will be developing the fourth element.

4. The recycling service- This element will provide a cost effective business response to recycling issues affecting the whole of the UK it will also provide the opportunity for the LSA service users

to experience a range of working experiences. This will be a combination service providing several recycling opportunities by obtaining contracts to provide, for example light bulbs recycling and

Fiber glass, etc. It will also be able to take over other contracts to do with recycling for example perspective coloring rubber for KBI Europe ltd- this is currently carried out in house but as the teams

become busier this will cease to be a practical response. This element will be a company in its own right. To enable it to help support the LSA it will managed and directed by a team of people who understand all the elements that make up this venture and are best placed to drive this forward starting with a pilot model which will be developed and enhanced and can then replicated in other areas. 


The Proposal

Hello everybody

I have over the past week been sketching ideas about the approach to the site development.

I have also voiced my view about designing before being briefed in the 6 pages you have already received. (left column)

In my job I see a lot of 'post-rationalisation' of designs to fit an indequately considered brief, this is not what this project is about.

So I have not designed a building but just started sketching ideas.

I would much rather invite you into the briefing and design evolution process than invite you to tell me how wonderful the elevations look (so what? how does the place work for nurturing and training?)

I would also prefer to receive your feedback face to face and collectively rather than by email so we can discuss it and get to the real requirements.

Over the weekend I have put 2 No. A2 (each 4 No. A4 sized) (above) boards together about the project with text, sketches and building sections showing relationships, these are not letting agent perspectives or arials.

I will now go to get them scanned so they can be emailed and printed at your local Kall kwik, Pronta print or Staples print shop.

Do let me know if you would prefer me to post hard copy to you.

Please send me your postal address if you prefer or I will find a local shop for printing in which case send me your postal address (including postcode)

Regards

Brian 


The Reaction

Hi Brian

Having looked at your document over the weekend,

I think its amazing how you have really captured already, the needs and situations of the Young people we work with so succinctly and accurately.

I could tell from my brief explanation of our characters that you noticed when you walked in to the office that you would ‘get’ what we are trying to achieve and I cant wait to see the drawings.

Emailing the designs over is fine with us.

Thanks,Lucy

Lucy Hindmarch

The Relationships Centre


Hi Brian

Although I haven’t met you yet, but having read the document you sent I am so grateful to you for your time, energy and focus, the paper is absolutely amazing and just wanted to say a big thank you and hopefully one day I may get to meet up with you and complement you in person .       

Kind regards

Pam

Pamela Arnold, Co founder and Director of the Relationships Centre .. Because relationships are not easy! 


Hi Brian,

I just wanted to let you know how excited I was by your outline you seem to have captured the essence of the LSa I am in the process of meeting Pam and Lucy and we will provide some more detailed feedback. but I just wanted to let you know and say I am really looking forward to seeing the drafts.
Respect and best wishes
Alison

Alison McCausland M.B.E
Managing Director
K.B.I(Europe)Ltd.

© BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
8th October 2011 - 14th July 2013

APPRENTICE CENTRE WARRINGTON


BRIEF FOR THE IMAGE

TEXT AND THUMBNAIL IMAGES IN THE MAIN ILLUSTRATION:

TEACHING THEORY IN PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS

SCOPE

PRACTICAL

OUTREACH TO INDUSTRY

Brian Murphy BSc Dip Arch (Dist+Hons)
Saturday, 08 October 2011


EXAMPLE OF WASTE MANAGEMENT APPROACHES:

SITE ORGANISATION: LEAN AND SAFE:

ADOPT THE ‘PROJECT NOWASTE’ INITIATIVE:

Facilitate site teams to improve their organisation and housekeeping

Tie in with Health and Safety programmes

Link to Qualifications and skills development,

REDUCE WASTE BY BETTER SITE ORGANISATION

Process mapping (at all levels) to assess value adding steps and waste bottlenecks in construction process

REWARDS: can include:

TOOLS:

SITE ORGANISATION 5S (5C and CAN DO use different acronyms for same actions)

THEORY OF CONSTRAINTS: 5 STEPS

LEAN THINKING: 4 STAGES:

SIX SIGMA: systematic reduction of variations- process mapping, 5 step process (DMAIC) to address problem:


APPRENTICE CENTRE WARRINGTON
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© BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
8th October 2011 - 14th July 2013