Elle Thompson & Ali Francis

Sustainability Award 

University of Sheffield

"The judges were impressed by the duo’s rigorous sustainable approach and ‘carefully worked out social programme’, commenting: ‘A lot of thought has been put into post-occupation evaluation, which is very important for continued sustainable living’, and adding that they enjoyed the realist strategy taken.

‘It's a really sophisticated project about making an unloved building joyful,’ they said."

AJ Student Prize awards evening 2022

Project description

This project proposes the creative re-use of the University of Manchester’s former UMIST Campus as an environmentally conscious form of inner-city living. The campus masterplan proposes turning teaching buildings into housing co-operatives sitting above community functions operated by the Carbon Conscious Collective. The Renold Co-op is the first phase, introducing a primary school at podium level and utilising the larger spaces of former lecture halls.

Above, the repeating floor plates of the tower offer the flexibility for self-build cassette construction, designed for adaptation and disassembly and enabling lifetime homes and opportunities for material re-use. The project offers a three-point consideration of carbon: embodied, operational and life-cycle. A ‘traffic light’ assessment of elements guides every decision, evaluating embodied carbon against operational performance, with any upgrade considered against a material’s potential for re-use, repurposing or recycling.

All about Elle & Ali 

  • University: 

University of Sheffield 

  • Course: 

MArch Collaborative Practice

  • Unit: 

Housing the Public

  • Project:

Re-Housing Manchester 

AJ Student Prize sustainability winners Elle and Ali
AJ Student Prize sustainability winners Elle and Ali