Build Up Hackney Opening

On Wednesday 30th October, we had the opening ceremony of the Flanders Way in Hackney led by the local young people, Mayor of Hackney and TV presenter Dr. Ronx.

After 22 months of work and a huge summer build, we completed our project which is designed and built by young people as a product of them having a say in their changing area.

Over 150 people attended the opening that started with young people giving tours of the site and talking about the positive impact of the project in their lives and their environment. At the event, we were awarded the Mayor of London’s Volunteering Award 2019.

Lollard Street Bike Workshop Nearly Finished

This month we are back at Lollard St to complete our Bike workshop. So far, over 100 young people at the playground have contributed to the build. This half term, we are fitting the roof to the workshop outdoor repair space, kindly subsidised by Filon and Southern Sheeting.

The workshop will host the playground’s bike project which offers free bike repairs and mechanic training for local young people.

Build Up Hackney Complete

This week, we completed our major Build Up Hackney project! The project, a new public space in the heart of Homerton / Hackney Wick (E9 5AQ), has been designed and built by young people from Cardinal Pole Secondary SchoolBerger Primary School, and community organisation Hackney Quest.

Thank you for everyone’s support in making this project possible, and especially the generous contributions of The Worshipful Company of Builders’ MerchantsC&S Builders MerchantsToolbankMakita Power Tools and Lawsons Timber Building & Fencing Supplies.

The space will be open to the public from 30th October.

A Big Thanks To Second Home London Fields For Having Us

We have settled in our new workspace at Second Home London Fields, after a summer on site. It is amazing being together as a team in our new home. Thank you for having us!

More about Second Home:

A workspace as creative as you are.

They believe that diversity makes creativity stronger, so they build workspaces, bookshops and communities designed to bring different types of people, organisations and industries together in new ways.

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Bosco Seating Area Completed

Our spring project at the Bosco Centre in Surreys Keys, funded by the Salters Charitable Trust, is now complete.

The project was designed by young people from the Bosco Centre and two London based young migrant and refugee organisations (Dost and SLRA).

The team wanted to create a space which everyone in the centre could use and built a new tranquil seating area surrounded by greenery and trees.

Build Up Hackney Project Job Offer for 18-23 Year Olds

Build Up Hackney is offering two PAID roles for young adults aged 18 – 23 who want to help local young people design and build a new community space at Flanders Way, Hackney. The placements have been made possible with support from Wick Award.

Two different placement roles are available

Placement 1: Design and Construction
Working with Build Up’s team to design and build a new public space at Flanders Way.

Placement 2: Youth and Community Engagement
Engaging local young people and the community, and ensure their voices are heard

Hours: One day / week 29th April – 20th September 2019. Additional days in May Half-Term & Summer
Pay: £10.55/hour
Application deadline: Sunday 7th April

To apply for the roles and for full details, visit

If anyone has queries about the roles, they should contact Huan: or 07427 704291.

Build Up Hackney get’s the Mayor’s backing

Last month the Mayor of London announced 26 community-led campaigns the city will be backing as part of the annual Crowdfund London program. This year’s winners included our Build Up Hackney project, which was awarded £30,000.

Build Up will work with youth organisation Hackney Quest to put local young people in control of a new public space at Flanders Way. We want to make sure young people in Hackney can take control of the changes happening in their local area.

Aldriche Way The Shade

In September 2018, the Aldriche Way community, along with Build Up, sponsors and local councillors celebrated the opening of The Shade, a new community space that was designed and built by the young people that live there.

Over 60 local young people were involved in the project and their main objective was to create a space that the whole community could use and enjoy together. They designed and built a new garden, table tennis, stage, seating and BBQ area.

The project was part of London Borough of Waltham Forest’s Making Places initiative and was generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants, Lawsons Timber, Building & Fencing Supplies and Makita Power Tools.  This support has made possible Build Up’s biggest and most ambitious project to date.

Every One Every Day with Participatory City

On the 25th November Build Up constructed a Greenhouse for Barking’s Gascoigne Primary School at the Festival of Everyone with Participatory City.


Thank you to all the local residents who got involved and helped us get complete it in just one day!

Beyond Boundaries Pre-Apprenticeship Programme

We have now finished our first pre-apprenticeship programme as part of the Beyond Boundaries partnership with HTA Design and Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in Tottenham.

Over twelve sessions, our hard working 16-19 year olds gained experience of the whole design and construction process.  Starting with site surveying, architectural design and groundworks, the group lead the construction of an ambitious shipwreck themed sand and water play area through to completion.  Well done everyone!

And a big thank you to Volker Fitzpatrick for their involvement in the programme.