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; Build Up, the volunteers and the staff at Haringey Play Association in partnership; that’s the innovation” – David Lammy MP