The transformation of St Andrew’s Dock aims to become a prototype for how communities could be designed to reduce loneliness. At the heart of the project is the ReMakery Emporium, a repair market that aims to bring together different groups of the community.
My project sees the older generations in the city as an untapped resource, with spare time, knowledge and skills. The ReMakery Emporium proposes harnessing their potential by creating a repair and skills market, where the old man teaches the young. People bring their broken possessions to the market to be fixed and in the process can learn carpentry skills, textiles techniques, upholstery, how to fix a radio or a bike. This is a win-win situation, improving the skill set and employability of the youth while providing the older generation with a purpose and company, while also promoting a sustainable agenda of repair and re-use.
The site masterplan sees this vast space as somewhere to develop housing, around the market, which will be developed along the historic street with a series of boutiques and workshops. The dock itself, which has been temporarily filled in with mud and old bricks, will be imagined as a recreational green space with wildlife ponds and outdoor swimming baths. The extensive program aims to remake the community spirit once celebrated at the dock.