Sarah spent the last fortnight providing structural and technical guidance for University of East London architecture students participating in the Hackney City Farm project during UEL Construction Week.
Hackney City Farm was established in 1984 as a community venture and now garners over 100,000 visitors each year from across London and beyond. The farm were recent recipients of a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant; these funds are currently being put towards archiving the farm’s diverse history.
The brief for the students was to design and build an intervention that would signpost visitors to the farm’s site specific heritage and/or create a practical addition to the farm, using only reclaimed materials and limited historical remnants, e.g. Victorian bricks and decorative inserts from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.