21st Century Town Centre

Jack Perry
Urbanism & Societal Change

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Skelmersdale, a deprived New-Town in the North-West of England.


The project is a transformation of a struggling Shopping Mall into a Town Centre, the building is reshaped and reorganised into a democratic space of many programs in which shopping no longer has a monopoly on civic activity. The project is financially designed so that the town’s community can organise to revitalise their own town, instead of a developer-led project, to create a Town Centre for themselves rather than a Shopping Mall for profit.


The design focuses upon the roofscape becoming the public space to escape the current internalisation and securitisation of the mall. New programs of a train station, a town hall and housing are added to create a balanced programmatic mix. Finally, the large roofscape is designed to have little hierarchy to avoid prioritising a certain activity or type of people in an aim for this to be a space for everyone of the town to be able to enjoy.


Difficulties with developing. Existing shopping mall, current proposed shopping mall. Ideologies and weird phrases
Approach from train towards town hall
Approach from main pedestrian route
View from balcony of northern flat block
View inside the retail valley
Looking at the cafes and restaurants with youth housing above
I 2017-19 satser KADK på FN’s verdensmål
Det afspejler sig i forskning, undervisning og afgangsprojekter. Dette projekt har forholdt sig til følgende FN-mål:
Reduced inequalities (10)
Sustainable cities and communities (11)