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In order to try to best understand how we can create the best possible building for its occupants and the community, DMA has been periodically conducting various workshops with the people who work within STC.  The excersises and dialogue that go on within these sessions can appear simplistic from the outset, but by nailing down the core issues associated with the project as early as possible, nothing is missed in terms of basic design data.

Workshop 1:  28/10/09

Kumar Jacob, (SLaM CF), Paul Mitchell, (SLaM CF), Martin Baggaley (SLaM CF), Hilary McCallion (SLaM), Patricia Connell (SLaM), Joe Morris (DMA), Mary Duggan (DMA), Ken Cowdery (Frontline)

Our first workshop consisted of presenting a report to the Project Trustees Group appointed by SLaM charitable funds, to propose a possible vision of what the ‘New Learning Centre’ could be.  Follow the link below to view the PDF version of the report.

091023-A125-10.02-Brief Meeting FINAL F

Core outcomes from Workshop 1:

  • the project should be: a vision of  ‘Learning for Everyone, Anywhere at Anytime’
  • the project should have the title: ‘Project Learning Potential’
  • confirmation of the necessity to counsult regualarly with colleagues

Workshop 2:  20/11/09

Attendees:  Carolyn Green (SLaM), Michael Farrell (SLaM), Peter Du Plessis (SLaM), Gabrielle Richards (SLaM), Richard Barnard (IOP), Joe Morris (DMA), Ken Cowdery (Frontline), Mark Shaw (DMA), Anthony Whittaker (DMA)

In this meeting, the attendees from SLaM were asked to consider the position of various sorts of training, learning and teaching within the STC.  The participants were given arrows representing each type of service the STC engages in, and were asked to place each one on a scale ranging from pedagogical to heutagogical.  For those not present at the meeting, assumptions were made on the status of the service by the group as a whole.

Sliding scale learning diagrams showing types of education at different stages of training:  click to enlarge

Venn Diagrams illustrating closeness of operation within the STC and SLaM:   click to enlarge

Workshop 3: 18/12/09

Project SLaM
Job No. A125
Ref. 9.01-001
Date 18.12.09
Location London Bridge Hotel
Present Stuart Bell (SB), SLaM CF, Madeliene Long (ML), SLaM CF, Kumar Jacob (KJ), SLaM CF, Paul Mitchell (PM) SLaM CF, Ken Cowdery (KC), Frontline, Joe Morris (JM) Mark Shaw (MS), Anthony Whittaker (AW), Duggan Morris Architects.

Please click the link below to download a copy of the presentation:

Interim Review of Immersion Process

Purpose: The purpose of workshop was to;

  1. Summarise first stage of work done by Frontline and DMA.
  2. Present a series of ‘Vision Statements’ which have been put together to outline the vision that we are developing for the project which will ultimately be presented in January.
  3. Discuss the direction of the programme and the outcomes that we are looking for at the end of January.

Below is a summary of key points made in the meeting:

  • The idea of lots of exciting things happening in the same space (ref. Blizard building) is good (ML).
  • The building acting as a hub and a community centre is spot on (SB).
  • The history of SLaM is one of it being a catalyst for change. Change should be its present and its future.
  • The STC does not represent the institution (ML).
  • We currently have nothing like the Blizard building at QMU (ML).
  • The idea of spaces for interaction and cross-fertilisation of ideas, akin to the Oxbridge ‘cloisters and gardens’ is an important one (SB).
  • The idea of a building which ‘promotes’ mental health is important (SB).
  • The sense of the building being ‘warm’ and having a human scale of buildings is important, grandiose big architectural gestures are not appropriate, Maggies is a more relevant example than the Blizard building. (SB)
  • A sense of ownership of any new building is important.
  • The building should be highly sustainable and aim to be entirely energy independent (SB).
  • The organisation name name ‘South London and the Maudsley’- Reflects the international and local happening concurrently, Maudsley has an international reputation and attracts international visitors, within the south London community (SB).
  • Camberwell, has a long history of healing and ‘wellness’. The place Camberwell means ‘Place of healing waters’.
  • In the presentation, the use of images to accompany the vision statements is useful.
  • 2015 is an important year for organisation, as it is our centenary year.
  • It will be important to engage with Michael and Carolyn’s people at some stage.
  • The presentation doesn’t need to be encyclopaedic at this stage- it should still be trying to distil an essence. (SB)

Workshop 4:  20/11/09

Project SLaM
Job No. A125
Ref. 9.01-002
Date 18.12.09
Location Avonmouth House
Present Carolyn Green (SLaM), Various members of the SLaM Education and Training staff, Ken Cowdery (KC), Frontline, Joe Morris (JM) Mark Shaw (MS), Anthony Whittaker (AW), Duggan Morris Architects.

Please click the link below to download a copy of the presentation:

Interim Review of Immersion Process

Purpose: The purpose of workshop was to;

  1. Summarise first stage of work done by Frontline and DMA.
  2. Present a series of ‘Vision Statements’ which have been put together to outline the vision that we are developing for the project which will ultimately be presented in January.
  3. Discuss the direction of the programme and the outcomes that we are looking for at the end of January.

Below is a summary of key points made in the meeting:

  • Following the Vision Statements, presented by DMA and Frontline, Carolyn commented on the ‘realities’ of the ‘new build’ and what teaching and learning spaces would be in the building
  • Carolyn felt that there would be no offices and no parking for trainers.
  • There was a discussion about the heights of the new building and the nature of the residential area. We concluded that the building needed to be an appropriate height given it’s context.
  • There was a discussion about controlling acoustics and maintaining acoustic sensitivity and privacy in open plan spaces. DMA expressed that this was a significant issue and one which we were confident we were able to deal with intelligently.
  • There was a discussion about the technological advances in the building, wi-fi, laptops and blended learning. We concluded that the building needed to be at the forefront of all advances in teaching and learning including elearning but that personal interaction was important also.
  • There was a discussion about DMA’s architecture and buildings. DMA expressed that this was one of the most important projects that we had ever worked on.

  • There were a series of other statements from the members of staff:
  • The building should promote wellness and mental health
  • The building should not be cut off from the landscape
  • People should be able to just ‘pop in’ to the building
  • The presentation should represent cultural diversity
  • The building needs a human scale
  • The current building often acts as an escape from the rest of the hospital
  • Issues of privacy important
  • Spaces for training with service users needs careful consideration
  • The visionary concept is good
  • It was a positive end to the day

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