Latest community news from Canary Wharf
We have achieved a lot together to help make our communities better places to work, live, shop and relax, and we will continue to do this as the Estate grows. See below for the latest community news from Canary Wharf Group.
As part of our Black History Month activities, Canary Wharf Group hosted a reading event and panel discussion with three of the Black History Month authors whose stories are featured on our Short Story Stations. Authors included S.I. Martin, Judith Bryan, and Nicola Williams. The event was an amazing look into modern black writing, their novels and what inspired them. Chaired by Hannah Chukwu, editor at Penguin Books, and attended by local school children who were very engaged, asking some brilliant questions to the authors.
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On Wednesday 6 October, we took part in Open Doors, an initiative by Build UK and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), where we invited local young people and their coaches to our Wood Wharf development to explore careers in construction and hear about the vacancies at Canary Wharf Group.
Attendees came from local organisations such as Circle Collective, SPLASH, and Sirlute. The visit started with a presentation by one of the project managers who provided an overview of the project from the start to its current status, our HR team then highlighted the skills and requirements needed for the job roles currently available, and it ended with a guided tour of the Wood Wharf project with a closer look at the floating pavilions still being fitted out, and 20 Water Street in hopes to inspire the next generation into the construction industry. One of the coaches said, “I could hear how much they enjoyed the experience – one said he wants to become an architect and build Sirlute a new studio!”
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Canary Wharf Group’s construction team were recently approached by Virginia Primary School in Tower Hamlets who wanted to completely revamp their outdoor mud kitchen. Children’s lives have been disrupted massively over the past year. Children in Tower Hamlets, in particular, suffer from a lack of outdoor space and outdoor play opportunities, many living in cramped flats, and this has led to the school reaching out for help to improve their outdoor play equipment.
The school is not able to fund the project in its entirety themselves so, with the help of our subcontractors, James Johnson Ltd and Ergonom Ltd, we donated funds towards the material costs and assembled the brand-new mud kitchen following a design by Herzog & de Meuron. Barbara at Virginia Primary School says “Thank you so much for the most amazing kitchen ever! You should see the state of it now! The nice clean look didn’t last the hour! The children (and adults) are thrilled and will enjoy making mud recipes for months and years to come. Thank you for making this happen. We are very grateful.”
To continue to make Old Flo accessible to all areas of the community, we connected with Engage Here – a community interest company whose focus is to engage people living with dementia through creative arts – to deliver a 4-week programme of creative workshops with the theme of Old Flo. The workshops involved making sketches, creating stencils, and screen printing onto t-shirts, tote bags, and tea towels which all aimed to stimulate the different human senses, something that has positive benefits for people living with dementia. The aim of the programme was to raise awareness of the local sculpture but also to teach methods by which they can strengthen their senses through the use of art, beyond the scope of the workshops.
The programme concluded with a visit for the participants and their carers to see the Old Flo sculpture in person at Cabot Place in Canary Wharf, and an intimate presentation in our boardroom to thank the participants for taking part in the programme.
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