Cody Dock is a vibrant community venture located in a once derelict dockyard near the mouth of the River Lea. Home to Build Up, an art school, and numerous social enterprises and small businesses, the site is now open to the public thanks to the hard work of the Gaswork Dock Partnership (GDP).
Since May 2016 Build Up has been running youth construction programmes on site. Supporting GDP’s revitalisation of the dock yard, we’re up-skilling a new generation of designers and makers where East London’s industrial heritage was once built.
“I have been hugely impressed with Build Up’s approach to working with young people and their inclusive and accessible methodology that fosters a deep sense of ownership and pride. GDP is delighted that Build Up have chosen Cody Dock as their home and we look forward to seeing this charity go from strength to strength” – Simon Myers, CEO of Gaswork Dock Partnership
Working in collaboration with HTA Design, Newman Francis and Haringey Play Association, Build Up constructed ‘The Whaler’ at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in summer 2016.
The building, which began life as an eco classroom in Muswell Hill, was transformed into a new climbing structure, shelter and performance space by 31 young people and 24 volunteers. The Whaler was a pilot for Beyond Boundaries, a social mobility initiative working in regeneration areas founded by HTA Design and Newman Francis.
The project was generously supported by the London Borough of Haringey, HTA Design, Morgan Sindall Group, Circle Housing, Affinity Sutton, Polyteck, Higgins and Zonderop Woodgate.
“If you don’t want ghettos, basically we need organisations in partnership, here we have architects, those that understand building and risk, the volunteers and the staff at Haringey Play Association in partnership; that’s the innovation” – David Lammy MP
Hackney Marshes Adventure Playgound
Five days, fourteen young people and one Adventure Playground of the Year. Build Up worked with a team of 12 – 16 year olds from Hackney Marshes Adventure Playground to construct ‘The Clubhouse’.
Using recycled and reclaimed materials, the team designed and built the structure using ideas contributed by the playgrounds users. Built by its young people, for its young people, the Clubhouse is now a proud and much loved addition to the adventure playground
“I stand back in awe of what can be achieved when you have the right mind set, creativity and good team spirit amongst the young people. The Build Up project has shown nothing is impossible when you focus on an idea, teach meaningful lifelong skills and give young people a sense of pride in themselves” – Angela Day, Senior Playworker Hackney Marshes Adventure Playground
Build Up Lollard Street
Build Up are working with Lollard Street Adventure Playground over the next three years to create a new youth construction base in South London.
Following on from a successful pilot, we will be building a new workshop, training youth teams and coordinating construction projects in the local community. For more information about Lollard Street, visit lollardstplay.org.uk
“Yeah I would use these skills again. If I was facing a challenge or say had to do a speech, I wouldn’t be afraid… I would just remember this building and then I would do what I had to do” Lucy, Project Participant
Confident, skilled and resilient young people leading construction projects in their local community.
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