Pop Up! Barking Pallet Pavilion

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Pop Up! Barking Pallet Pavilion

Pop Up! Barking Pallet Pavilion

Made Up Collective By Made Up Collective

Pop UP!Barking Pallet Pavilion is a temporary seating/play/events space made from local surplus materials, transforming an underused Town Square into a Pavilion of Possibilities.

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Designed by the Made Up Collective, and built by APEs (Adventure Playground Engineers), the main structure will be 200sqm, made from over 600 repurposed pallets, plywood hoardings, and dibond art panels from local construction projects.
The Pavilion will be home to an Edible Garden, Stage Area, space for Classes/Activities, Adventure Playground elements and Seating, with it’s multi functional nature highlighted through daily free activities over the Summer Holidays.
In terms of visual impact, the structure will reference Barking's former Fishing Industry by playfully resembling a ship that seems to have sailed into the square,
There will be weekly Art Workshops, Growing & Gardening Sessions, Dance & Drumming, Youth Parkour, Music Jams, Drama & Spoken Word, Major Saturday Events such as Community Feasts, Markets, A Health & Wellbeing Festival, Outdoor Cinema, etc, for all the community, (with the structure itself catering for one of the highest populations of Under 5’s in London).

What we'll deliver:

  • Build a temporary seating/play/events area; an outdoor creative community space providing free activities & events
  • Specifically, a 200sqm construction made from repurposed materials, designed by the Made Up Collective and built by APEs
  • Create an Edible Garden in one quarter, housing plants grown in a local allotment
  • Produce multi purpose areas for classes/activities, performances, seating, play, etc.
  • Curate 6 weeks of free events, catering for all the community, and connecting different groups within the borough
  • Publicize events widely over local networks, with a weekly timetable on the sail of the ship itself
  • Connect and support the local market with partnering activity, and with other creative regenerating schemes in the area

Why it's a great idea:

In a town experiencing rapid urban regeneration, where new Housing and Public Areas are having a huge impact on the changing visual landscape, the Pallet Pavilion enables a community in transition to playfully engage with it’s environment, drawing attention and curiosity simply by producing a spectacle in a public space, enlivening the use of the square and adjourning High Street as a result.
The project is ambitious, and to show that it's a creative way to connect communities, local organisations, and councils in reigniting a town centre, the Made Up Collective provided a privately funded Pilot Project in 2014. We know it's great because we’ve already tried out our idea: we made the 200sqm structure, provided 40 free activities/events to 5000 local residents over 6 weeks and have the images to show how it looked.
In 2015 we will build on the experience, support and possibilities, by enabling residents to try out commercial ventures and partnering with the High Street & Local Market.

Steps to get it done:

  • We will use last year's Pilot Project as a guiding factor, with already created Design Drawings as a starting point
  • Source partner funding from the Arts Council, or Creatvie people and Places Landmark Commissions Fund
  • Re-use as many materials as possible (currently stored on a local construction site)
  • Employ APEs (Adventure Playground Engineers) to built the structure onsite over a course of 5 days
  • Connect with as many local groups early on in the process to help set up events/activities.
  • Get local groups to start growing edible plants for the square in early spring.
  • Set up at least 2 market events in conjunction with Festival Saturdays, showcasing products made by local residents

It's clearly apparent that old models of the High Street are dying, unable to compete with homogenised retail parks and online shopping. For the new High Street to flourish, it needs to be inventive, to build and empower local communities, and in doing so, create new engaging experiences that will support a desire to buy locally.
Time and again, it is risk taking creative ideas that are the first in line to transform an area. They bring new possibilities, re-energise a town centre, and allow other businesses to follow once new foundations have been laid.
Barking has one of the lowest levels of Creative Industries in London, and over 70% of people are seldom, if ever, engaged in Arts Activities. The Pallet Pavilion will provide opportunities for playful, imaginative experiences, attracting all demographics, regardless of age, class, gender, or cultural background, and in turn, producing another spark of positive energy to an area already in a state of flux.

Location Barking

Barking has 20 other projects and £905,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Barking Town Square

Council

Barking and Dagenham

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How will the money be spent?Total £33,179

Pallet Pavilion Build (APEs Fee) - £10,000 (30%)
(3 day Workshops per week @ £400 per day)= £1200 x 6 weeks - £7,000 (21%)
Made Up Collective Design, Project Management, and Workshops Fee - £6,000 (18%)
6 Weekend Events (@ average of £1,000 per event) - £6,000 (18%)
Pallet Pavilion Breakdown - £1,000 (3%)
Other - £3,179 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

30%
Pallet Pavilion Build (APEs Fee)
£10,000
21%
(3 day Workshops per week @ £400 per day)= £1200 x 6 weeks
£7,000
18%
Made Up Collective Design, Project Management, and Workshops Fee
£6,000
18%
6 Weekend Events (@ average of £1,000 per event)
£6,000
3%
Pallet Pavilion Breakdown
£1,000
10%
Other
£3,179
  • Transaction Fees
    £1,379
  • Spacehive fees
    £1,110
  • VAT
    £300

Total £33,179

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