Community Connects Workshops - ENW

Thursday 21st June, 2018

Electricity North West are running a series of workshops aimed at volunteers and employees in the community and local energy sectors.

"Community Connects" is being delivered by a partnership of organisation who each bring unique expertise from working with the sectoe and will deliver a workshop in their specialist area. URBED in collaboration with Carbon Coop is runing one on energy efficiency in Lancaster on 17th October 2018. 

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Carbon Coop Celebration and AGM

Wednesday 20th June, 2018

Our friends Carbon Coop are holding and event to celebrate the work they've done ober the last year on Saturday 30th June from 10am til 1pm at Real Junk Food, Manchester. 

You can find out more and book a place here:

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LGBT+ Centre Public Consultation

On Tuesday 15th May, the Proud Trust invited local residents, landlords, businesses, organisations, and members of the public to view proposals for the new LGBT+ Centre on Sidney Street. 50 people attended the three-hour drop-in session, with presentation boards being in place for a further week for various user groups and staff to view.

Making Places in the North

Friday 25th May, 2018

URBED's David Rudlin is speaking at the Making Places in the North Event on 13th June in Manchester. This is part of an initiative by Constructing Excellence Manchester exploring how we can build a quality sustainable environment, making the North a great place to live.

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Bright Green Future

Thursday 24th May, 2018

Our friends at the Centre for Sustainable Energy are looking for young people to take part in Bright Green Future, a training programme to create a new generation of environmental leaders. 

URBED have provided placements on the programme in the past, and we're happy to support recruitment to this initiative. 

They're looking for exceptional future leaders aged 14-17 with an interest in making a real difference to reducing the impacts of climate change to take part in our one year programme starting in September 2018.

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International Advanced Manufacturing Park

Over the past 4 years URBED have been working with Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council to bring forward a new International Advanced Manufacturing Park outside of Sunderland. Located adjacent to Nissan the major employer in the area the site has the potential to create a high quality manufacturing environment that maximises the natural assets that the site has to offer.

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4x4 2018 - Creation

Tuesday 8th May, 2018

Last week saw us kicking off another year of 4x4 talks. This year we are focussing on the overall theme “City of Change” and we began with the topic “Creation". URBED intern Lucy Wallwork has written up the event, drawing together some of the issues. You can watch the live stream here, and packaged videos for each speaker should be up on the 4x4 website in a few weeks.

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Neo-Medievalism: Modern transport and the city

It wasn’t so long ago that urban visionaries were imagining the city of the future full of personal flying machines and hover cars. To some this conjured up a vision of the multi-storey mega city of Blade Runner or The Fifth Element, to others the endless expanse of Frank Lloyd-Wright’s Broad Acre.

Participatory Kitchen Design Workshop

URBED recently facilitated a participatory design workshop with the Sidney Street Café staff in order to tailor the proposed kitchen to their specific needs.

The workshop involved planning the kitchen at full-scale using templates of worktops and equipment. This was explored through discussions around kitchen workflows, training, servicing, and the presence of the counter and servery within the building.

The discussions and agreed arrangement have since been incorporated in the design, and will be developed further following the forthcoming planning application.

Thank you for your feedback

Our public consultation is now closed. We have received a great number of questionnaire back, both in paper format as well as from the online version. We will be reviewing the results and undertake an analysis to help inform the progress of the vision masterplan. We will share a summary soon.

If you have any other questions with regard to the scheme, please feel free to email us by contacting Helen at