initiator project

March 26, 2007

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The initiator project is to establish a headquarters for “Make:Shift” at a strategic hub location in the centre of the Urban Set Aside test area.  Locating the agency in the prominent disused ticket halls of Gare de Maritime would make the operation visible to the local community whilst also providing the necessary spatial requirements for its functions.  The hierarchy of enclosed, semi enclosed and open spaces within the complex are ideal for the multiple programmes that need to be accomodated.
In addition to becoming the hub site for the operation the conversion of Gare de Maritime would also act as a pilot site for developing the construction methodology for the wider urban set aside policy. The internal renovations and alterations would form a case study to demonstrate construction principles for the temporary re-use of existing building shells

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