Sunday, February 22, 2009
On the lookout for In-spired designers
If lovelevenshulme's all about finding the positive stuff about living here and making a difference to how things turn out for this community in the future, then it's about time I mentioned the Levenshulme Inspire project on Stockport Road.
When I think about the way they're planning to revitalise the old United Reformed Church building, a building that was down on its knees and on the verge of collapse, I have to take my hat off, doff my cap, salute in a president-stepping-onto-the-tarmac kind of way and send them a postcard. I'm picturing it when it's finished: taking the kids to YASP's community café, maybe getting interviewed in community radio station ALLfm's new studio, wondering what inspired business ideas will hatch out of the incubator, or who the new neighbours are in the appartments upstairs. Lots of stuff going on under one roof, a £3 million revamp right in the heart of Levenshulme, creating what looks to be a very promising community space. Check out their website for the full business plan and latest news. [Go on, scroll down a bit later on and you'll see it in the BlogRoll on the right...]
Building work starts soon. Well, the demolition bit does, then the bricks and mortar. Hopefully the first of many projects to renew and restore our little stretch of the A6.
In the meantime, Ed Cox at Levenshulme Inspire tells me that the project is looking for local designers, artists, and all-round creative types to get involved in areas like graphic design, interior design of the building, a website revamp, publicity materials, even the design of five new stained glass windows. Lots of opportunities to make your mark, by the sound of it. You can email him at email@example.com or phone him on 07961 979 262