Red Road legacy

Community studio project. 10 Red Road Court. Red Road Flats 28.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Community studio project. 10 Red Road Court. Red Road Flats 28.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

CREATIVE photography and animation projects are helping to create a legacy of the landmark Red Road flats

Two of the flats in Red Road Court were transformed into a community studio just over a year ago and include a black and white darkroom, digital imaging suite, photographic studio, workshop area, and exhibition display areas.

Street Level Photoworks have been working with residents and youngsters on a variety of photography and animation projects.

As well as providing activities for the remaining tenants of the multi-storey blocks, many of the projects are documenting the history of the flats and past and present residents.

Iseult Timmermans, co-ordinator of the community studio, said: “We’ve been carrying out workshops and activities for people that are still living here, who are predominantly, but not exclusively, asylum seekers.

“We’re starting a portraits project to document the history of Red Road and we are looking for people who stay or who lived here to take part.

“There’s been different populations living in the area over the years.

“There was a very strong working class community in the beginning and the flats were used for student nurses at one point - now it’s mainly asylum seekers.”

Two of eight skyscrappers are due to be demolished later this year, with the entire site expected to be taken down by 2016.

It’s the end of an era for the tower blocks which have dominated the skyline since they were built between 1964 and 1969. At one time, around 8,000 people lived in the buildings.