Bollington is a small village in the heart of the English countryside, located just north of Macclesfield on the 97 mile long network of canals known as the Cheshire Ring. An ex-industrial village, Bollington was once famous as a centre of cotton spinning and weaving in the mid 19th century, where raw cotton was imported from the United States and then processed into some of the finest cotton threads in the world, exporting to a global market until the mid 20th century. This scheme is largely a response to this past industrial activity, with the canal - the key infrastructure vital to Bollington’s past industry - at the heart of the programme.
A series of pods positioned to form a bridge over the canal, each one a machine in its own right, are interconnected by a suspended platform allowing the user to walk through the series of fabric producing pods and feel as if they were a part of the machine they are traveling through.
The fabric itself is then collected after its days/weeks exposed as part of the facade, to then be ‘exported’ via canal and sold as a product in its own right; enhanced by the unique set of conditions that created it. The distinct and bespoke process of creating this unique fabric defined the form of each pod. The inclusion of a suspended walkway came later in the design process, after there were spacial issues in the positioning of this constantly moving machine whilst allowing a user to successfully navigate it.