Design & Build Summer Project: Hawksmoor members become architects in their own community

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Tapping into their creative side, 25 members of Young Greenwich at Hawksmoor Youth Hub in Thamesmead designed and built outdoor furniture for the local community. The project was sponsored by London Metropolitan University, Peabody Housing and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT).  

In partnership with Architect Student Corina, from Metropolitan University London, the young people spent the summer designing, planning and creating functional and artistic pieces with the support of previous members, adult volunteers and youth workers. This project took over a week and some days, they spent more than 8 hours working on the build aspect of the project.

The young people took ownership in their work and lead the whole process. From design to painting and building the furniture they have taken great pride in looking after the items which are open for public use. 

One of the members Sammie (11), sometimes has difficulty being understood and finds it hard to concentrate however, he was committed to this project and is so proud to have had 2 of his ideas come to life and be built. 

All the young people and adults who volunteered their time during the summer has had the opportunity to see the huge positive impact the furniture had on bringing the different members of the community together.  

Another member Sydnie, attended every session and has been awarded a Jack Petchey Achievement Award for all her hard work, motivation and commitment to the project.

Young Greenwich member Annie said “I am so happy the furniture was put outside the youth club, it was hard work painting and building the structures but I love having somewhere to sit with my friends, the hammock type chair is the best and me and my friends love sitting outside youth even when the clubs not open”. 

The young people built 10 structures in total, 4 have been put outside the youth hub for the community to use, 3 structures are on the Patio at Hawksmoor youth club – so the members can enjoy using the Patio and three Structures where given to the Birchmere Community Hub – managed by Peabody Housing. Birchmere Hub has a gardening group who will use the 3 pieces of furniture they were given. 

The items have been looked after by the young people and members at Hawksmoor youth hub. Due to the hard work and commitment it took to build the furniture, the young people have taken ownership of their creations, ensuring the furniture is looked after and well maintained. 

Delighted about the outcome, Hawksmoor’s Unit Manager Claire said

 “I am so happy a large number of young people signed up to the project and it is amazing how popular the furniture is, all the community are enjoying the social space created.

To see the fantastic structures built by Young Greenwich members, please visit Hawksmoor Youth Hub and don’t forget to take a picture with it.