A massive thanks to all of you who have supported our project so far, all of your pledges are so important. We hope to have some exciting news about further large pledges in the coming days. But still have a long way to go before reaching our target! Please help our campaign team by spreading the word on all your social media pages and encourage others to pledge during this final week. For your interest we have copied our latest press releases below: For immediate release - Cody Dock’s Rolling Bridge Press Statement “With less than a week to go, Cody Dock’s iconic community project stands to lose £40k of mayoral funding”. Unless Cody Dock’s East London based charity reaches its crowdfunding target, the £40k committed from the Mayor of London’s crowdfunding team could be lost. With the deadline of 27th August now looming this all or nothing campaign which has already received over £70k of pledges from Londoners and businesses stands to lose everything if it does not reach its target of £200k within its final week. The ambitious crowdfunding campaign to fund and build a rolling bridge is the last link in realising the work of over 7,500 local and corporate volunteers whose persistence over the years have already transformed this once inaccessible part of East London into a small haven with gardens, ecology walk, cafe and community events. With planning permission in place, the pledge from the Mayor’s crowdfunding team and having raised almost 50% of the money already, this project needs wider support in this all or nothing crowdfunding campaign. The community led charity Gasworks Dock Partnership who is behind the Cody Dock regeneration of Cody Dock is now looking to the public at large and businesses to rise to the challenge and pledge their support to ensure they reach their target of £200k by the 27th of August 2019, so time and maximum publicity is of the essence! Everyone who pledges to the Spacehive crowdfunding campaign will have their name cast into the bridge design to provide a lasting record of their connection with this chapter the Cody Dock and the River Lea’s history. The all-important link to the crowdfunding page with a short animation of the rolling bridge is: https://www.spacehive.com/cody-dock The Crowdfund London team at the Greater London Authority confirmed their support saying, “We were blown away by the size of ambition on display here. The Rolling Bridge would be a truly innovative addition to London and would instantly become an iconic local landmark. Furthermore, as Crowdfund London continues to grow it’s exciting to see Londoners respond as well, with projects like this that show how community-led projects can have real strategic impact in their neighbourhoods”. In their final week, Cody Dock has just received a one thousand pound pledge from the retailer M&S and a promise of five thousand pounds from Thames Tideway, one of London’s largest construction projects. The project was recently featured on BBC London News https://twitter.com/CodyDock/status/1155235859119136769 (see editor's notes for further links to recent press coverage) Designed by Tom Randall-Page this contemporary bridge design is an architectural first that provides an exciting new twist on a moving bridge whilst celebrating the area's rich historical links with Edwardian industrial design and local iron production. The crowdfunding project page features local resident and master animator, Tim's Allen’s fantastic short animation that brings the project to life and has been responsible for much of the public interest generated across social media. The RSA (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) have confirmed that they will be supporting our campaign via RSA crowdfunding, which aims to use its networks and RSA Fellows to champion and raise the profile of projects that align with the RSA's work with this article https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2019/07/new-rolling-bridge-regenerating-east-londons-cody-dock Further Information: Having managed to generate more than 341 pledges from local residents and existing Cody Dock supporters such as Tideway London, Marks & Spencers and Kilnbridge, they are now looking to cast the net wider and appeal to Londoners and further afield across the UK and abroad in their final week of fundraising. This bold and exciting community led project aims to provide East London with a new landmark that enables people to play an active role in the regeneration and reactivation of the Lea, London’s second river, showing everyone how community led initiatives can help shape their environment. Simon Myers CEO Gasworks Dock Partnership (the charity that is behind Cody Dock) In 2009 local Newham resident Simon Myers was one of the founding trustees of Gasworks Dock Partnership, the charity that is behind the Cody Dock development and in 2013 became the Charity’s CEO. With over 25 years of event and arts production, Simon gave up his career in the arts to concentrate on reactivating the Lower Lea River and helping to put local people at the heart of the area’s extraordinary regeneration story. Quotes: “This support from the Mayor of London and his crowdfunding and strategic regeneration team is so much more than financial support, it is an amazing endorsement of our work at Cody Dock and a powerful affirmation that with the right support, communities can play a pivotal role in their neighbourhood’s regeneration” “The realisation of Thomas Randall-Page’s bridge design will mark a significant turning point in the realisation of our dream to reactivate Cody Dock and help breath life back into the Lower Lea River for the first time in a generation” “ Thomas Randall-Page’s rolling bridge design helps put Cody Dock and the Lea river on London’s map whilst providing everyone who pledges a unique way to record their support for this unique project” (all funders will have their names cast into metal to commemorate their support) Thomas Randall-Page (The Bridge Designer) Thomas is a Hackney based architectural designer, and a lecturer in architecture at Oxford Brookes University and the Architectural Association in London. Quotes: “Seeing the potential for public spectacle inherent in the opening of a bridge, I set about adding to this list of motions”. “Rolling parallel to the channel it crosses, this unique bridge design owes much to its Victorian forbears. They knew that moving large heavy structures efficiently requires that they are balanced system and my design works on this principle”. “Finished in painted steel the bridge design aims to be understated in its rest position but celebratory and playful in its movement creating a spectator and memorable event when operated. Part of an ambitious footpath and cycleway project to run the full length of the Lea River, we hope this rolling bridge will become an important landmark and a symbol of the dynamic creative community which is growing here” Please find a copy of our campaign poster and visualisations of the bridge attached. For further information or to arrange a site visit or interview please contact our office: Email: contact@godydock.org.uk Phone: Tel: 020 74 73 04 29 Address: Cody Dock, 11c South Crescent, Cody Road, London E16 4TL Charity Website: www.codydock.org.uk Notes to Editors Press coverage, blogs & support: The following links lead to recent press coverage of the project: https://www.growwilduk.com/blog/rescued-nature-dozen-bath-tubs-and-abandoned-riverbank?fbclid=IwAR1-rCtisxigotHhjWR4KNDVmr1g7_BOdpLylL_G_nc9Q1_8S94eXlIJEts https://www.archdaily.com/922580/architect-designs-giant-steel-rolling-bridge-for-the-overlooked-area-of-cody-dock?fbclid=IwAR2FDAMy8hOIoyGzbY9qV5Z5_Hq8Dh5Shk2YhmVG_eE9fu-o1l0Gz4f_AdA https://londonist.com/london/news/rolling-bridge-cody-dock-canning-town?fbclid=IwAR25OWL4KfywUJVDKox8nKhSWmFXo6EY5K1bsEFWGAWzoCr6U1y--W6lJ9k https://issuu.com/wharf-life/docs/jul31s_main_book/26?fbclid=IwAR1DENxeqNfDp1Gf3Rrfb8UMkNOC0ZjQ6IfbJLMAM5aA1MbxBkaPPQzhHm4 https://twitter.com/CodyDock/status/1163504211583279105 https://www.timeout.com/london/news/east-london-could-get-a-cool-new-rolling-bridge-but-it-needs-your-help-080219 About Cody Dock: Gasworks Dock Partnership (GDP) is a charitable company that is re-developing Cody Dock, a previously disused dock, into a new community led creative industries quarter. GDP aims to bring about and support increases in local civic pride and connectivity, enabling local residents to feel a sense of belonging and be a part of the area’s regeneration. To date, GDP has: Secured a 999 year lease from Thames Water on a Peppercorn Rent Enlisted and inspired over 7500 volunteers in Cody Dock’s regeneration. Secured and is currently managing a three year Big Lottery Reaching Communities Award of £462,000. Received over 50,000 visitors. Development work over the next 7 years will include: Creation of a creative industries quarter with new facilities for social enterprises, schools, universities and community groups. Creating a further 30 jobs and 1000 volunteer opportunities each year. Establishing 8 new social enterprises to enable the charity to become self funding. Construction of a Visitors’ Centre, Heritage Pavilion and exhibition space, public gardens and wildlife habitats, public toilet and wash facilities and indoor and outdoor classrooms. 15 new studios and workshop spaces Construction of a dry dock, moorings for visitors and live-work boats Thomas Randall-Page is a Hackney based architectural designer, and a lecturer in architecture at Oxford Brookes University and the Architectural Association in London. Gasworks Dock Partnership is a community-led social enterprise and regeneration vehicle for Cody Dock and provides: Facilities for schools, universities, charities, community groups for education/training about the Lower Lea Valley’s ecology, heritage and waterways. Providing amenities that promote greater use of the Lea. Promotes arts and crafts, community gardens, docklands community boat, moorings and studio spaces Price and Myers partner Tim Lucas is providing structural engineering advice on the project Tim Allen Tim is a local resident living in the recently completed City Island development that overlooks Cody Dock and the River Lea and volunteered his time for free in support of this community project. Tim has been the lead animator for Tim Burton and Wes Anderson on films such as Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox and Isle of Dogs. Lea River Park is the name given to six new parks which together connect Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Royal Docks and the River Thames, linked by the Leaway. The project completes the 26-mile long Lee Valley Regional Park which cumulatively connects Ware in Hertfordshire to the River Thames. Further links for Editors: The crowd funding page is: https://www.spacehive.com/cody-dock For Further information from Gasworks Dock Partnership https://codydock.org.uk/ contact: 02074730429 or billy@codydock.org.uk For Further information from the RSA: https://www.spacehive.com/movement/the-rsa or contact; Eleanor Toner, Engagement coordinator engagement@rsa.org.uk For Further information from Thomas Randall-Page - contact tomrandallpage@hotmail.com For further information on Tim Allen: https://timallenanimation.co.uk/ or contact him on Telephone : +44 7779 274461 Email : Tim@TimAllenAnimation.co.uk For further high resolution images, please follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4k2ew2x8ajtlw7m/AACvm7JzHyUMQtfVjYc_n7jia/images?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1