Carpenters Estate refurbishment reaches colourful milestones
Posted 03 November 2023
Residents at The Carpenters have been getting involved for months in designing and reimagining spaces following several co-design workshops, with the painting of the multi-use games area, basketball courts at Lund Point and Dennison Point and the installation of resident-designed seating in front of The Dovetail. The brightly coloured designs composed of abstract shapes and vectors were designed by a cohort of 20 young residents during the annual Young Designers programme.
A 40ft community mural was also unveiled on Carpenters Road featuring artwork crafted by members of the local community during a series of co-design workshops, one of which took place at the Carpenters Primary School. Almost 100 attendees engaged in a four-part workshop series delivered by Artist Rose Hill and Co-Creative Connection, navigating the iterative process of pattern design and actively participating in selecting colours and themes for each tile - rooted in cultural identities and connections to the estate and the wider Newham community. The installation process of the mural involves creating timber posts on the existing wall, affixing the mural in a manner that allows for future mobility.
The new-look Dennison Point Basketball Court
The new-look Multi-Games Use Area at Lund Point.
Resident-designed seating installed in front of The Dovetail.
The installations coincide with the launch of early meanwhile projects as part of the Carpenters Estate restoration and regeneration programme – which will deliver over 2,000 homes, with 50% at affordable levels and will also deliver on the Council’s inclusive growth agenda – providing hundreds of local jobs and opportunities throughout its delivery.
Nick Clough, Carpenters Project Director at Populo Living said: 'The Carpenters Estate refurbishment has been co-designed with residents. It’s wonderful to see the completion of some of the first projects across the Estate. It’s been great to work with residents on celebrating the diversity and richness of the Carpenters’ and Newham in this wonderful mural. We look forward to working with residents on the exciting next phases of the Estate’s refurbishment.'
Rose Hill, Artist at Co-Creative Connection described the mural as: 'A beautiful reflection of the creativity and contribution of all local people who helped bring it to life. This artwork embodies the spirit of Carpenters and Newham's diverse and united community, celebrating togetherness and diversity. It's a shining testament to the power of collaboration and we are excited to share it with you. Please visit it and take a look at everyone’s creativity.'
One of the Resident Participants said: 'It is a testament to what can be accomplished on a practical and personal scale when creatives put communities and the wellbeing of people at the heart of their practice and vision.'
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Populo is Newham Council's wholly owned housing company. We are making Newham home for everyone. We are designing and building better homes and places. We are delivering the Carpenters Estate restoration and regeneration programme, one of London’s largest outline masterplans. Find out more at www.carpentersestate.co.uk
Co-Creative Connection creates joyful spaces by working with local people to design and paint murals. Our free inclusive workshops encourage collaboration, promote well-being, and enhance local engagement, while providing life-long skills and friendships. By transforming public spaces into vibrant works of art, we instil a sense of pride and connection within local communities.