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Foundation takes Roadshow to Prescott's backyard


The Architecture Foundation is to drive its regenerational 'Roadshow' experiment to a final destination in east Hull, the constituency of deputy prime minister and environment secretary John Prescott. It aims to make this the ultimate blueprint of how to get locals involved in making an impact on their areas, for other regions around the country to follow suit.

The foundation is transporting its method of stimulating local design from the grassroots to the Preston Road New Deal for Communities Area in the city after winning a tender against Hull council's own architects. The area in question covers 3000 households, mostly in council properties.

Following its successful interventions in the London areas of Hammersmith and Fulham, Tower Hamlets and then Newham, the foundation this time aims to show a 'hands-off' approach and test-run allowing people to run the Roadshow on their own. It hopes to publish a document on the results in a bid to both allow the Preston Road team to run similar exercises in future years of the ndc programme and to disseminate the Roadshow experience elsewhere.

'Our role in Hull will be advisory,' said the foundation's Catherine Puthod. 'It'll be a good way to test if the Roadshow process can be applied by others.'

The Roadshow model has already been endorsed by the Urban Task Force. In Hull, the Foundation proposes to select local architects to create physical responses to issues raised in consultation with locals and via a two-day Design Festival in November. Following the festival the architects will draw up a community vision plan after more focus sessions - the process is aimed particularly at those who are not normally involved in such consultation plans - such as the 15-25s. Then this can be designed into the delivery plan, which the detr wants by February next year.

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