MLK Adventure Playground is a place where children are free to climb, swing, build dens, cook over an open fire: to experience a truly adventurous childhood. Sadly, possibilities are limited by an ageing building that's no longer fit for purpose. Poorly situated, with an inflexible layout and little natural light, it's hard to supervise children or accommodate different age groups and activities.
We want to replace the existing building with one which lets play flow from inside to out. A more flexible layout better connected to the exterior would create a true community hub, capable of hosting outdoor classroom days for schools, children's parties and other community events.
Islington Council have already pledged support for the project. However, in order to unlock funding, we need to show designs which demonstrate consideration and broad community support. We're seeking funding to develop innovative and sustainable designs through a programme of six community consultation events
I want to use disused buildings/shops and instead of Turkish betting shops taking them over like on Green Lanes, I want the unemployed (and those with extra time) to offer skills to fix, paint and maintain a shop space.
In these spaces, I want local councils and businesses to Donate computers and IT equipment. The new workers will set this up and let the homeless have a place to learn new skills improve communications skills.
I want showers and a first aid area in each space so people can get cleaned up and have clothing provided for them.
I want skills like carpentry, painting & decorating, administration to be taught so that others can learn new skills and feel in control again.
I want people to be able to engage and understand how to communicate better to get a job in cafes, builders yards etc etc.
With the support and funding from Businesses - they will also offer intern days for the members of the new Giving Others A Chance program. CV writing also offered with courses.
Urdang is an established arts college in the centre of London. It occupies the Old Finsbury Town Hall building. Urdang have recently dried out the two lower level basements that have been disused and flooded for many years. There are two floors now accessible to convert for educational and community use. The Urdang aim to convert this space into a multi-use space for Music Production, Sound Recording, Rehearsal space, Social and Educational Music Hub. Aimed as community space that is attractive and specific for DJ Schools, young bands, local musicians and singers to work together, create new works and rehearse.
We want the facility to be a welcoming 'go to place' for young people and musicians in the local area and surrounding boroughs.
As a leading industry provider Urdang has successfully worked on many community inclusion projects. Phase two, is planned to use the Bunker as a base for outreach work to be prepared for local schools to get involved and be introduced to the hub.