This year, the renowned South London theatre, Ovalhouse, are moving from Oval to a new space in the heart of Brixton. The move is part of an exciting community partnership that will see new homes, community and health facilities, social enterprises as well as a new, fully accessible modern theatre.
While Ovalhouse is without a space, they have invited us to enable 20 ten year olds from local schools in Brixton to design and build their own pop-up outdoor performance space on Somerleyton Road in Brixton, next door to the new building which will open in Spring 2021.
The story so far
In Summer 2019, with support from 145 generous backers, including an amazing pledge from the Mayor of London’s Crowdfund London campaign and a grant from the Co-Operative Foundation, Ovalhouse reached their funding target to make Let’s Build happen.
Throughout a series of workshops in the autumn the children have been working with us to set the brief and design the performance space.
The final design is a fully accessible, interactive performance and play space.
With great thanks to Let’s Build which made this project a reality, funded by Co-op Foundation and Mayor of London. Thanks also to our generous supporters and sponsors made this project possible.
Project funderWe are grateful to have been funded by Coop Foundation.
Mayor of London
Project funderThanks also to the Mayor of London for the funding towards this project.
Buro Happold are our inaugural Engineering Industry Champions. They have been pivotal through every stage of the Let’s Build development and we are so grateful for their constant energy in finding innovative solutions to complex problems.
The Happold Foundation
Project supporterOur continued appreciation to The Happold Foundaion for being core supporters of the Matt+Fiona initiative.
Jestico + Whiles
ArchitectsJestico + Whiles are our inaugural Architecture Industry Champions. Their team provided invaluable industry expertise and were integral in both the design workshops and during the build.
Access ServicesPHD Access have provided the vital scaffolding covering for the build that will stay up for the duration of the project and after it is built.
HSS Hire (Vauxhall)
Tool and equipment hireAs always, brilliant support from HSS hire with thanks for supporting us with reduced rate equipment.