Hidden Liverpool Schools Programme is challenging year 12 and 13 students from 11 local schools working in 9 partnerships to develop ideas about how Liverpool's empty buildings could be brought back into use, redesigning them for some of the city's most exciting local businesses.

A programme of creative workshops commenced in October 2013. Students have since been taking part in a wide range of activities including site visits, meeting the clients, brief development and design workshops. Participants are taking part in 6 workshops over the course of the project, led by a volunteer design professionals - PLACED Ambassadors – with support from 5th year Architecture Students from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

Each school partnership will work with their allocated PLACED Ambassadors and LJMU mentors to redesign one building and has a choice of local business to design for, including Leaf café, FACT Cinema, Happy Go Cooking, Dot-Art, Faith Bebbington, ROOD, PLACED and Hobs printers.

In May students will present their proposals to a panel of representatives from key organisations across the city. An overall winner will be selected, with all work being exhibited to the public in May 2014.

You can see which schools are involved, how ideas are developing and also feedback your own ideas on their designs by clicking on the squares below.