The Shade

Build Up

Aldriche Way, Hale End and Highams Park ward

The site was nominated by local residence and young people of Aldriche Way Estate. Aldriche Way is the First project launching for Making Places. Build Up was the winning project for Aldriche Way and worked with young people from the estate to design and build a new community space for all residents to enjoy. The project is designed to be a place where families and friends can have BBQs, celebrate birthdays, enjoy the gardens, play ping-pong and relax.

Community engagement and young people are at the core of this project. 53 young people attended workshops over the Easter Holidays to participate in designing the new community space. Over the August summer holidays 16 young people aged 14-18 from the estate helped with the construction process, learning new skills and investing time in improving in their local community. The project has helped young people to build key learning skills in poth practicle and soft skills such as team building, time management, communication and problem solving. The space has been named the shade by young people involved in the project.

The project was also supported by companies who provide local materials for free: 

  • Worshipful Company of Builder's Merchant
  • Lawson's Timber Building & Fencing Supplies
  • Makita Power Tools

The Aldriche Way launch event took place on Sunday 16th September 2018. The event included a BBQ, Face painting and henna tattoos. Speeches were made by Cllr Clare Coghill, Neba Sere from Build Up, and young people who helped work on the project. A demonstration on planting herbs was presented by the Gardening Club and local young people performed a dance on the completed pergola!

The project was sponsored by: 

  • Making Places 
  • Waltham Forest Council 
  • Build Up 


Build Up runs practical construction projects for young people aged 6 – 20 to design and build structures in their local communities. Working in schools, playgrounds and housing estates, Build Up enables young people to take on roles and skills they never have had access to before.