HCGC Live Project

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  • Architecture
North West England
Hulme Community Garden Centre
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The shade house is a collaborative project for Hulme Community Garden Centre who are a not for profit organisation. It is designed and built by the Live Project team from Sheffield School of Architecture with help of the HCGC volunteers in the space of 5 weeks.


The project was mentored by John Sampson as part of his ongoing teaching role with Sheffield University.

The project is the first stage of a large redevelopment of the neighbouring car park which will eventually double the Garden Centre’s site.

The structure provides shade for plants in the extended sales area, and creates a link with the existing community gardens. It is built using reclaimed materials and waste products found in the area as continuing works are carried out in the car park.


The curved timber structure is situated adjacent to the main road and it attracts attention to the garden centre by contrasting with the dense hedge-line of the existing Garden Centre. Views through the structure are encouraged through the permeable bamboo cladding whilst providing shady conditions for the plants.


The gabions encourage biodiversity and habitats for wildlife, yet are filled with waste and natural materials. The gabions have been incorporated into the design to function as both foundations and a display space for plants and aquatics. Future experimental work with gabions has been encouraged through a bespoke ‘how to’ leaflet which was issued to the client in combination with a projected master plan. The plan aims to merge with the master plan proposal by Urbed using gabion displays to form a natural circulation path towards the new shop.


The overall build cost is £157.50 most of which was used to buy fixings as all of the materials were reclaimed.


Click here for more information and to view the project blog and here to view the Live project page on the University website.

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Hulme Community Garden centre's  website