On Saturday 25th January Hidden Liverpool are holding their first Creative Design Workshop, giving local people an opportunity to develop ideas that would make the Oratory and St James Gardens, located outside the iconic Liverpool Cathedral, more inviting places to visit.

The workshop is the first in a series that will give people a chance to think creatively about how some of Liverpool’s buildings and spaces could be reused and improved.

The workshop will be hands on, exploring the design challenge of developing the Oratory and St James Gardens. Whether interested in Liverpool’s architecture, heritage or design, then this FREE workshop will be a fantastic opportunity to share ideas on how to improve a city centre gem. There will also be a rare opportunity as part of the workshop to see inside the Oratory.

Participants will be working with landscape architects Elaine Cresswell of reShaped, Graham Marshall of Prosocial Place and architecture graduate Lizzie Edge to come up with ideas to bring new life into this fantastic oasis and heritage gem on the edge of the city. The ideas developed will be presented to the Friends of St James Garden, who have been working tirelessly to bring new life into the gardens.

The workshop runs from 10am – 3pm with a break for lunch and will take place at the Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Suite, Anglican Cathedral. No design experience is required. Places are strictly limited, so booking is essential. To book your free place emailwill@placed.org.uk

The Friends of St James group are also leading a tour of the gardens at 1pm on Saturday 18th January. This would be an excellent opportunity to find out more about the work they have done in the gardens, and also gain a better understanding of the site before the design workshop. The tour is also free and is optional. Booking required.

For more information about Hidden Liverpool you can read our previous feature or visit the Hidden Liverpool website.