|The Lyng is an identifiable place in the history
of West Bromwich, being first settled in the
late 17th century and then absorbed into
the industrial heartland of the Black Country
during the Industrial Revolution. In the 1960's
slum clearance and redevelopment swept away the
legacy of that period, replacing it with the
dwellings evident today, which to many lack
a sense of place or identity. In spite of this,
one very noticeable feature of the Lyng, which
remains today, is a very strong community spirit.
The Maths Trail uses important landmarks on the
Lyng estate and takes mathematical inspiration
Over the years this estate became rundown and
a refurbishment program was started.
Detailed resident consultation was held throughout
1996 and 1997, producing a clear picture of needs
and aspirations. In order to satisfy the long-term
ambitions of residents it was agreed that
comprehensive redevelopment was the key to generating
the right kind of opportunities, encouraging a more economically
active mix of people onto the Lyng. This would not only
breath new life into the Lyng but also benefit the wider
proposals being developed for West Bromwich Town Centre.
Lyng History Project
to be published shortly
The houses were all terraced. Most consisted of two rooms upstairs, one down and a small kitchen. There was a coalhouse under the stairs and party yards for 4 families, containing a toilet. Although all squashed together, the houses were spotless and all the brass polished.
To put the capacity building principles into practice, it was decided that quality must be the driving force. Bowater House, a nine-storey tower block on Moor Street, was selected as an ideal project to practically demonstrate the vision for the Lyng.
The scheme uses photovoltaic cladding to generate electricity, and has received a National Home Energy Rating of the Year (or 'H.E.N.R.Y.') Award.
Other innovations included the use of local labour and materials and advanced acoustic flooring,as well as security and fire detection systems. The building provides a striking landmark on Moor Street, one of the principal routes into West Bromwich, as well as being visible for miles.
To enhance the community participation in this project, Jubilee Arts were invited to work with Bowater House's residents in developing a visual representation of their thoughts on the Lyng. The resulting artwork from this 'reminiscence project' is now displayed in the entrance foyer. The project's achievements have also been the basis of a website at the local secondary school as well as teaching packs for science at Key Stage 2 (primary level) and Key Stage 4 (secondary level).
An example of community artwork
The Frail-Elderly Scheme is designed to meet specialist needs and encourage independent living, but with support and assistance on hand when required. Modern external design will provide yet another landmark building, incorporating innovative heating and insulation systems as well as excellent space standards.
The Maths Trail uses important landmarks on the Lyng estate and takes mathermatical inspiration from them.