As part of this year’s Autumn Research Week the Project Office
was asked to co-ordinate a three day event forming the ‘Live
Project’ of the week working with local charity The Beneficial
Foundation. The Beneficial Foundation was established in 1979
to provide education, training and rehabilitation to adults of
all ages who are in need. It seeks to assist the disadvantaged,
particularly those with learning difficulties and other disabilities.
The Foundation encourages the personal and social development
of trainees, giving them every opportunity to gain nationally
recognized qualifications through City and Guilds.
The ambition of the three day event was for students
from the first year of Architecture and Interior Architecture and
Design to work with The Beneficial Foundation, in assisting with the
revitalising and reinvigoration of the Charity and its home in Fratton.
The provision of services that The Beneficial Foundation offer is
becoming increasingly challenging due to changes in funding and
income sources and entrepreneurial ideas are required. Following
on from these challenges students were asked to produce ideas
and designs for income generation, social enterprise, branding and
the holistic redesign of the charities building.
Since the Live Project Week The Beneficial Foundation
have begun putting into place many of the ideas the students
developed and the Project Office will be helping them develop
the bigger long-term ideas in the future.
Client: Jennie Brent, Beneficial Foundation
Tutors: Nicola Crowson, Emma Travers, Amy Walker
Students: Kinson Beh, Wuraola Bolarinwa, Chen Chin, Lucy Clark, Isabel Clay, Rebecca Coburn, Emily Dance, Adobera Ejikeme, Nurul Ghazali, Mollie Hayter, Aimee Higgs, Izabela Ivanova, Ben Khor, Kyran Lee-Hall, Thomas Nock, Gillian Nsianguana, Jessie Tan, Seher Ayyildiz, Debora Ioanes, Toyosi Kukoyi, Andreia Dias, Trini-Maria Katakwe, Joanna Mlodzinska, Luke Glithero, Tammarah Fowler, Samuel Rogers,
Michael Begley, Reema Salameh, Aaron Charles, Joshua Bello
Research Question: The ambition of this project was to work with The Beneficial Foundation by assisting with the creation of inspiring, creative and beautiful design ideas to revitalise and reinvigorate the charity.
The foundation is currently working in a challenging context and also welcomes innovative ideas on income generation, social enterprise and branding.