Wealdstone Youth Workshop is a new public design project, in collaboration with the young people of Wealdstone, north-west London. We’ve brought together a group of local 17 and 18 year olds – Esther, Marius, Tanya, Leo, Katy, Danica, Kayleigh and Marina – to design and make a range of public furniture for the forthcoming Wealdstone Square.
We’ve commissioned multi-disciplinary designers Silo to design and deliver the programme for the workshops. Silo will lead the youth through a series of classes this summer, to co-design, prototype and test different pieces of furniture for the square. The young people will be paid a small stipend (£500) for taking part, and receive a share of any intellectual property created.
Our ambition is to create a final piece of sell-able furniture, by Wealdstone, for Wealdstone, to be used across the town centre, to help change perceptions of young people and the area itself.
Wealdstone Youth Workshop is part of a wider project by Harrow Council to create a new public space at the centre of Wealdstone that can bring the community together. The overall project is led by We Made That, with Spacemakers, Europa and others in support.
You can follow the progress of the workshop here.
We create projects, publications and interventions to help make our cities, buildings and spaces work better.
We specialise in reactivating dead spaces; harnessing unused potential in a community; and getting inside the machinery of regeneration, and using its levers to come up with something more interesting.
We work with local authorities, private developers, architects and community groups. We believe regeneration should be useful, honest, simple and beautiful.
Spacemakers is led by Matt Weston and Tom James, and was founded by Dougald Hine. We're based in Brighton, London and Stockholm.
Along with our project work, we have a strong history of consultancy.
We’ve been part of the Greater London Authority’s Special Assistance Team since its inception in 2011. During this time, we’ve worked with London boroughs on projects as diverse as public space, workspaces, local economics and identities. We’ve also worked nationally, advising on market squares in Basingstoke and university campuses in the midlands. And we’re part of NESTA’s New Radicals, a network of radical organisations changing Britain for the better.
We’re often brought in early on, to work out what the right strategy for a project is long term. We use the experience we’ve gained from our own projects to advise others on how best to bring their buildings, spaces and communities back to life. We’re honest, we give critique and we have ideas.
We do feasibility, problem solving and ideas generation, from a single day to an entire year. If you have a project that could do with some new thinking, please get in touch.