Hollygirt School - Carrington Street Project


On Tuesday 26th March 2019 the Urban Room was proud to host the first in a series of unique events partnering together a group of super-able students from Hollygirt School and professionals from Nottingham City Council.


Project background

A group of super-able children has been selected to be part of a niche team comprised of Hollygirt’s most able students to work with Nottingham City Council and the Urban Room Partnership on the Carrington Street Townscape Heritage programme, which aims to link the railways station with future improvements around the Broadmarsh area.

The group of students form Hollygirt School will work on a project with external lead professionals to bring together technology and creativity by looking at the past, present and future of the street. Students will survey the facades of Carrington Street, photograph them and analyse them, and they will look at the history of the place to find inspiration for a series of outcomes:

1. A musical piece that they will compose based on the architectural features of the facades.
2. A literacy piece in the form of a poem or prose.
3. A design for a building that follows the ‘Carrington St’ trend and that fits in with the context. Students will draw this in a 3D modelling software and possibly, they will produce a 3D printing of their design.
4. A piece of art (image or sculpture).
5. Videography of the project.

Students will showcase the outcomes of their project at the Urban Room in a dedicated event.

A video of the project itself will be on display at the Urban Room during the event and this will be uploaded on the UR website as a permanent feature.

Students conduct analysis of Carrington Street at their first session in the Urban Room.

Students conduct analysis of Carrington Street at their first session in the Urban Room.

First session

On Tuesday 26th March the students attended their first session at the Urban Room. Following introductions, the students were taken on a walking tour of the area following which they returned to the Urban Room to conduct street analysis of the Carrington Street Townscape.

Below is what the children said about Carrington Street, this will help them with their project compositions for music, literacy and art;

PERCEPTION: How did the street feel?


ACTIVITY: What were people doing?


LINKS AND MOVEMENT: What was traffic like?


The students will return to the Urban Room for their second session in May.

Andrew Pettifor