Re-imagining High Streets

Studio 3 worked on the Austin Estate in Hayes in the last two years – this year, we have moved to the High Street and the backyards that support it.

The Austin Estate lies adjacent to the High Street, facing the blank walls of the loading bays and car parks, but also brick walls screening courtyards used for storage, play, access to homes and the sale of a large selection of shoes.

On the other side of the High Street, the yards form a network of neglected wilderness, parking, dumping grounds and workshops. These spaces are connected to the High Street through alleyways, and have the potential to create new links – to the Austin Estate, and to the schools and residential areas beyond.

The links between this and last year’s programme go beyond the physical links; one of the Studio 3 students is working with the women running the Austin Estate Sewing Club, which came together through events organised by last year’s student Susan Kudo.

Others have developed project ideas through events on the High Street in November, which included a paper engineering workshop for children, a gramophone installation, a printing studio and dance and parkour events.

The studio aims to address the more challenging aspects of Hayes’ transformation from a vibrant but economically struggling centre to a rapidly growing Cross Rail hub with prescribed aspirations.

Throughout the year, the studio has presented the projects in Hayes to local organisations and council representatives, and the conversations have drawn out particular links and local narratives. A proposal for example for a bicycle workshop re-imagines how bikes which had been purchased by the council but have yet to find a home could be used, and the ambition to create a canoe club is part of a project looking at the potential of a canal inlet and adjacent industrial site.

The body of projects will be presented in Hayes at the end of the year to show a re-imagining of what the future may hold for Hayes.

Station Square: Initial proposal by Ekramul Robbani


 Station Square
Station Square Ekramul Robbani Cass Projects

Initial proposal by Ekramul Robbani 

 Action Day in Hayes
Action Day in Hayes Ekramul Robbani

"Parkour" by Ekramul Robbani with Eglantina Hoxa 

 Integrating Austin’s sewing club into new backyard activities
Integrating Austins Sewing Club into new Backyard Activities Milana Raic

Strategy drawing by Milana Raic 

 Sewing Club, Austin Estate
Sewing Club Milana Raic

Working together, initiated by Milana Raic 

 Back Spaces and Back Yards of Hayes High Street
Back Spaces and Back Yards of Hayes High Street Milana Raic

Mapping by Milana Raic 

 "Giebelhaus" High Street historic precedent
Giebelhaus Milana Raic

Historic precedent by Milana Raic 

 Action Day in Hayes
Action Day in Hayes Senanur Seker

Printing Workshop initiated by Senanur Seker 

 Gramophone Juke Box
Gramophone Juke Box Made in Hayes Action Day by Helio Santos Cass Projects

Action Day by Helio Santos 

 Action Day in Hayes
Action Day in Hayes Victoria Akyeampong

Reading Corner by Victoria Aky 

 Action Day in Hayes
Action Day in Hayes Singh Kular

Poster by Gurpal Singh Kular 

 Connecting the Austin Estate to the High Street
Connecting the Austin Estate to the High Street Milana Raic

by Milana Raic 

 Meeting the clients
Meeting the Clients Hayes

Hayes presentation, 30 January 2015 

 Masterplan for the Station Area
Masterplan for the Station Area Eglantina Hoxa Ekramul Robbani

Proposal by Eglantina Hoxa and Ekramul Robbani 

 Music in the Underpass
Music in the Underpass Egle Radinaite

Activity initiated by Egle Radinaite 

 Action Day in Hayes
Action Day in Hayes Htike Yadana

Dance Studio initiated by Htik 

 Action Day in Hayes - “Make your own High Street”
Action Day in Hayes Andrew ODonnell

Initiated by Andrew O’Donnell 

 Musical Bicycle
Musical Bicycle Emily Wheeler

by Emily Wheeler 

 Bicycle network meeting in Hayes
Bicycle Network Meeting in Hayes Emily Wheeler

11 February 2015, Emily Wheeler 

 Hayes location in London
Hayes Location in London Ekramul Robbani

Mapping by Ekramul Robbani