1 May 2019 | Bradford

Glug Bradford #2- Placemaking

  • Urban Splash
  • Seeds
  • Wur
  • Yvonne Carmichael

We're back with our second instalment of creative driven community talks!

Join us at Glug Bradford for insights and discussion around what “placemaking” means to different people, in the hope it can lead onto some more positive discussions and place-making activities in the city in the long run.

We'll be meeting at a central Bradford location of Assembly Bradford on North Parade before we embark on a vintage bus across town to Lister Mills where our hosts Urban Splash will be offering a guided tour of their roof pods with excellence views across the city before we settle in our programme of talks.

Lister Mills: Unit 2 Velvet Mill, Lister Mills, Lilycroft Road, Bradford, BD9 5BQ -

Drinks will be supplied by a local business Record Cafe who you may remember from Glug Bradford #1 talks!

Run time

5.45pm - 6.45pm After work drinks on North Parade: BD1 3HT

6.45pm- Vintage bus trip departs to take guests to Lister Mills.

7pm - 8pm Notworking, drinks, rooftop pod tours at Lister Mills. Participatory place-making manifesto writing with Wur Bradford.

8pm - 9.45pm Glug! (Further pod tours in intermission)

9.45 pm hand out goodie bags and manefesto zine poster made on the night.

9.45- 10.45 Notworking


Yvonne Carmichael, Director of South Square Centre, who will be taking about their journey through community asset transfer, heritage lottery funding and appointing architects to regenerate their arts space in Bradford.

Karl Lenton will be talking on the origins of Seedpods and how design can transcend environments and places. We have arranged for a pod to be in the room on the night.

The original inspiration for the Seedpod was born from work in the public sector. Seeds found that there was often tension between the need for privacy, pressure on space, and constraints on budgets. Specifically wanting to help NHS health professionals serve their patients and staff better. So the Seedpod was designed, a portable private space where professionals and patients could meet for privacy, one-to-one conversations, mindfulness and more.

The team soon realised that what works in one complex environment can be valuable in others. Seedpods now provide private, calming space for innovators, place makers, educators and exhibitors. A beautiful, versatile solution to the universal need for nurture.

Clients include: British Land, Universal Music Group, NHS, HMPS, Tate Modern, WIRED and Accenture.

Jean and Chemaine from Wur Bradford, who will be talking about their grassroots community art. They will be creating a live zine thought the evening, a manifesto for future Bradford developments, and distributing a copy at the end of the evening.

Wur Bradford ('Wur' means our/we are) is a grassroots arts project, founded in 2015 run by artists Jean McEwan, Chemaine Cooke and Uzma Kazi, all of whom are professionally experienced and trained in participatory and socially engaged arts practice. Wur develop responsive, inclusive creative to explore how creativity might be used to make positive change within our communities.

Wur Bradford’s activities are participant-led and include workshops, events, campaigns and discussions. They work in their market base as well as public spaces and venues throughout the city. They regularly work in partnership with and for other organisations around Bradford and have delivered projects for Bradford Council, Impressions Gallery, South Square Gallery, The Brick Box, and University of Bradford.

Wur regularly participate in major Bradford events such as Bradford Refugee Week, WOW Bradford (Spirit of 2012) and were part of University of Bradford’s Gallery II ‘Full Scale: Art’s Use in the Real World’ - an international exhibition in 2017 around socially engaged practices. Their work has gained national interest resulting in invitations to speak at conferences and events such as Counter Art Book Fair, Plymouth; Engage conference, Ruthin, North Wales among others and have been featured in the Guardian Culture Professional.

Mark Latham, Director of Urban Splash, who will be taking about their approach to property development.

Mark joined the development team at Urban Splash over ten years ago to deliver the transformation of Europe’s largest listed building, Park Hill in Sheffield, and the magnificent Grade II* listed Lister Mills complex in Bradford. He is currently working on future phases of Park Hill, the 815 home Smith’s Dock regeneration masterplan in Tyneside – a joint venture with Places for People – as well as the 1,150 home Port Loop project in Birmingham, with Places for People, Birmingham City Council and the Canal & River Trust.

Prior to Urban Splash Mark worked at CABE and before that worked on pivotal London

regeneration projects including the Stirling Prize-winning Laban centre for dance in Deptford and the Elephant & Castle.

Urban Splash have agreed to provide some swag, including a copy of their new book “It will never work” for each guest.

£8 ticket price includes transfer to Lister Mills,  one drink, and entry and a swag bag.

See you there!

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Urban Splash was founded in 1993 by Chairman Tom Bloxham MBE and Creative Director Jonathan Falkingham MBE; the company has spent 25 years working with world-class architects and designers to restore old buildings and create new, sustainable communities.

Headquartered in Manchester, with regional bases in Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Sheffield and Plymouth, the company has invested a billion pounds creating more than 5,000 new homes and jobs in over two million sq. ft of commercial space.

It has won more than 400 awards for delivering challenging regeneration projects including; Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, Chimney Pot Park in Salford, Castlefield and New Islington in Manchester, The Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Royal William Yard in Plymouth, Lister Mills in Bradford, Park Hill in Sheffield, Rotunda in Birmingham, Matchworks in Garston and the Ropewalks in Liverpool.

In 2016, Urban Splash launched House, its architect-designed, new-build, modular, family-housing concept. The scheme has already completed and fully sold out at New Islington in Manchester, Irwell Riverside in Salford and Smith’s Dock in North Shields; further Houses are on site at Port Loop in Birmingham and there are plans for future schemes in Merseyside, Walsall and Milton Keynes. In March 2018 Urban Splash acquired the factory in which its Houses are made.


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