London East, UK – In July, a keen skateboarder, salvager and ramp builder developed a disused space in Rothbury Road, Hackney into a temporary skate park using materials reclaimed from the horse guards arena, which was dismantled for the beach volley ball in the run up to the Olympics.
Andrew WIllis, 31, was commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation to make the skate park. It was been so popular that the lease has been extended until January. Mr Willis said he hopes to build an outdoor cinema and hold a flea market to keep interest in the area through the winter.
Mr Willis was also a speaker at a event held last night in Hackney on building with reclaimed materials, at which Bioregional’s Jonathan Essex also gave a talk. The event comprised of three seminars and then a walk around Fish Island’s self built live-work units for artists and designers.
The event was one of the Wick Session organised by the R-urban project put together by Public Works and Atelier D’Architecture Autogeree to help promote sustainability in the community. It was well publicised by local mobile publishing unit with an engaging blog called Wick on Wheels, that amongst other things, promotes the reuse of materials.
Read it via Hackney Wick goes reclamation wild – SalvoNews.com.