One of the things that drew me towards the project was the chance to experience a wide range of activities and skills. The placement offered me the opportunity to work with the youth and gain experience in a field that I wanted to work in. I currently study architecture and was interested in the urban redevelopment already happening in the community, and what it meant to those who live and work around here. There are a lot of new buildings and construction occurring throughout Hackney in which many local residents and young people have no say in. This has led to disparity among those who have been living here for a long time, and those who have recently opened businesses or moved here. I think it’s important that, with all of the gentrification happening, we have spaces that we can identify with and that allow the community to gather. More often than not, areas of Hackney are being taken and made more luxurious to attract people with more money, but don’t consider those who are already living there. This results in many working class or lower income middle class families being outpriced and not considered. Being a part of creating something like the Build Up Hackney project helps to spark an interest for a stronger cultural background, where they can take ownership of a local space which is important to them, particularly as it is something the local kids have designed themselves.