March 2020

Well, as you can imagine, March has been somewhat disrupted. We weren’t planning a regular meeting anyway, but even our social afternoon in honour of the equinox was severely curtailed. Nevertheless there’s been lots of activity going on.

At the beginning of March, the Architecture working group had a set of meetings with representatives of the schools of architecture in the West Midlands – Birmingham City University, Coventry University, and the University of Wolverhampton.

We discussed how we might work with groups of students from those organisations: giving students a “real world” set of development parameters from a real set of people; and receiving some great design ideas and latest thinking on how we can achieve our goals. Very positive discussions in each case.

Wolverhampton also spoke about how their business spin-offs could help us, in terms of evaluating and remediating polluted sites, access to modern methods of construction, etc. We asked the Coventry contact to float the idea of a meeting between a group of self-builders and Andy Street, the WMCA (West Midlands Combined Authority) mayor, when he saw him in the succeeding days.

We had a Zoom social drop in on Sunday 22nd, which worked reasonably well. There’ll be more of these.

Work proceeded on strengthening the financial documentation side of the project.

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