The FieldLab in Delft, the FieldLab concept in general and TU Delft brought us some good ideas for the Valley Park development and especially the engagement of users in the design.
Caroline Douglas, Newtownabbey Borough Council
As a follow up a new FieldLab will be realised within the Valley Park project in another part of the town. Valley Park is located next to the Valley Leisure Centre, a big multifunctional centre with a swimming pool, a play zone, fitness halls and zest soccer. Flowing through the park is a river and there is plenty of open space surrounded by meadowland and community woodland. There is a small play area for children age 3-12, a basketball court, football pitches and a synthetic hockey pitch. Additionally in a big project more than two acres of under-used space are being transformed into a state-of-the-art 3G sports pitch, a picturesque linear park and an adventure play area for which the children made their drawings. The focus of this new development is on social inclusion and building a community through the park.
Park runs and devise testing
The new FieldLab will be part of this Vally Park development project with park runs and devise testing with specific user groups as well as the general population in order to design concepts to activate people using open space and mobile devises.
Part of the plan is also the establishment of a sports business cluster of companies who will become partners in the process, with expertise in mobile communication and architecture.