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Redesign Ryde High Street

St Thomas' Square (Nat West); Minghella Square and Eric Warner Centre (Scout Hall)

Here’s a chance for Ryde residents to have their say about the future of the High Street by taking part in a series of innovative interactive sessions.

Ryde Heritage Action Zone has commissioned the design practice Feria Urbanism to run a series of workshops on Thursday Dec 9 and Friday Dec 10 so locals can take part in design games and share your views about how this historic street should look in the future.

On Thursday Dec 9 there will be 3 sessions.

From 1pm to 3pm the Feria Urbanism team led by Richard Eastham will be at St Thomas’ Square (Nat West). Then from 4pm to 6pm they will be in Minghella Square and from 7pm to 9.30pm they will be at the Eric Warner Centre (Scout Hall) – and there will be drinks and snacks provided.

On Friday Dec 10, Richard and his team will be at Town Square  (Co-op) from 10am to 12 noon.

 Richard explained: “We will be bringing a set of foam blocks that look rather like the ones children play with except these are super-sized for adults.

 “They are light and can be easily moved but they are strong enough that they can be sat on and even stood on.

 “The idea is that we invite people to move them into different patterns to create a streetscape for different groups of people. So we might ask them to be moved to create a place where people can sit and enjoy the sunshine.

 “We know that local people know their streets better than us and they know where the sun will be for most of the day for people to enjoy a resting place.” 

Working like this with local people allows Feria Urbanism to establish a series of concepts and from that they can translate those concepts into workable, practical solutions. Following the workshops they will come back with design sketches that incorporate what they have learned by using the building blocks.

Click here to book your free place.