Award winning architects, Farrell & Clark have put their design talents to good use, working on a voluntary basis with the National Youth Agency and their new Think Big Hub, part of the O2 Think Big programme which supports young people and community projects.
O2 believe that young people are full of ideas, energy and enthusiasm but they need the right support to turn their ideas into reality.
Think Big helps young people with great ideas get going by giving them the training and funding to make their ideas work.
Since starting, Think Big has funded over 5000 big ideas from young people.
Partnered by the National Young Agency, who lead Think Big alongside the O2 Community team, the initiative offers young people the opportunity to use their skills and talents to do great things in their community and help tackle negative stereotypes in the process.
Farrell & Clark’s Jonny Stockdale stepped in to provide architectural support on the project, which involved refurbishment of an existing building, leading the design element of the project and liaising with the O2 branding team.
Jonny ran a workshop with young people, stakeholders and potential users of the space, listening to their ideas and working these into a final proposal to create a functional but creative space that supports the aims and values of the initiative.
The Think Big Hub, located in Hoxton Square, Shoreditch will provide an innovative, engaging and creative space for Think Big employees and project leaders where they can meet and support young people face to face, run training days and facilitate young people’s use of the The Hub to hold meetings and events.
Amanda Fearn, Think Big programme manager, said:
“Having the expertise of one of the Farrell & Clark team has made all the difference in our design journey.
“We are so appreciative of Jonny’s time, expertise and support.
“His assistance in navigating the path through building works has been hugely helpful as it is a landscape that requires knowledge!
“Having local businesses supporting young people is a wonderful thing.
“With cuts to core services, provision for young people has been much reduced and programmes like Think Big are really important.
“We very much value the support from Farrell & Clark and together with Jonny have created something really great.”
The 3,000+ sq ft Think Big Hub officially opened its doors on 20 March.
Ronan Dunne, O2 CEO, Fiona Blacke, CEO of the National Youth Agency and Nick Hurd MP, Minister of Civil Society were among those celebrating the launch of this exciting new youth enterprise space.
Based in London and Leeds, Farrell & Clark have a reputation for delivering quality architecture in both public and commercial sectors.