19 November 2015

Architecture students brings fresh energy to Barracks Lane Community Garden

A group of year 2 Oxford Brookes Architecture students have appeared on That’s Oxford TV being interviewed about the brand new entrance they have created for Barracks Lane Community Garden.

Sofie Arnevig, Michael Forward, Doug Haynes, Francesca Jacobs were tasked with designing a Garden Archway. The project brief required the students to create a connection point between the existing garden space and a new area, which will entice visitors into this vibrant community escape. As a place that constantly embraces workshops and projects, Michael explained that the idea was to keep the structure as 'open' as possible so that, if the garden workers wish to adapt the construction in some way, it is flexible enough to do so.

As well as the benefits this project provided to the community, it also delivered a great sense of the reality of working in the industry for the students. Growing in their understanding of architecture and interior design, the students were also able to gain knowledge and insight into the world of construction. Describing the process of engaging with time management, budget costs, team work and sourcing materials, Michael emphasised the importance and enjoyment of actually working with a live client.

IIona Hay, lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes and the student's tutor, initiated and developed the Live Project programme for architectural technology. She said: "Often they do a theoretical project that's in drawings, but actually not making it real. So by making it real they might understand tolerances and how things move." She continued, "It's a really good experience for them, I think it’s also a nice portfolio piece for them once they graduate."

Watch the full story at the That's Oxford TV Youtube channel.