CAEDRAW REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME

THE BRIEF

Merthyr Valleys Homes (MVH) commissioned this project as part of the Caedraw flats redevelopment scheme. MVH were interested in integrating some form of artwork and interpretation into the building scheme. They had identified 2 twin leaf gates and were also interested in placing light boxes into the stone walling.

An essential criteria for MVH was the consultation and involvement of its tenants in the creative process.

OUR RESPONSE

In collaboration with the regeneration and community teams at MVH we ran consultation events for tenants and workshops with the 2 junior schools adjacent to the development. The consultation fell into 2 stages.

Stage 1 involved an initial consultation event with tenants, displaying possible artwork options, holding discussions on what imagery to include and examples of previous art work projects. From these sessions we drafted a report for MVH and used the findings to inform the creative process.

Stage 2 involved the development of two design proposals which incorporated suggestions gathered in the initial consultation. These were then presented back to the tenants at another consultation event. Tenants had the opportunity to chose one of the designs and contribute any final thoughts.

The 2 local schools, St Mary’s Roman Catholic School and Caedraw Junior School, were also involved at this stage. Each school was offered the opportunity to have their own panel in the development. Discussions were held with the schools and participatory workshops were run with the school children in both schools (see school section). The imagery and artwork created by the students was used to develop the final panels for the schools.

Following the consultation process the materials and artwork were finalised and the design of the gates and panels were developed in conjunction with MVH and Design and Manufacture Ltd, a local manufacturing company.

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