My name is Rachael Taylor and I am a 2nd year student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Along with my fellow classmates we have been assigned a unique and challenging task. To design and rebuild the King’s Cross Community allotment also known as the Skip Garden.
The Skip Garden, run by charity Global Generation, holds weekly twilight gardening sessions where you get from construction workers to children, bankers to NHS staff and everyone in-between volunteering to help with the integral maintenance of the garden. As the nights draw in going into the winter, the sessions are still popular but it becomes to dark to hold them. At this point the Glass House will illuminate, lighting the surrounding areas and the gardening space within giving it a lantern appearance. It will support this event that ties the community together.
The Glass House Lantern is a structure with recycling at the heart of its design. The external facade is made from reclaimed sash windows, which have been donated from individuals London wide and some as far as my hometown in Wales and the internal structure is made from reclaimed scaffold board. The history these materials have fits well with the educational remit of the garden.
Risks and challenges
The garden is set to open in time for its busy summer season which is fast approaching. The project also needs to meet the wider educational program and be complete for the deadline at the end of May. Building this project in this short time scale requires manpower and volunteers have been organised.
Planning permission was granted back in January. and Nathan Gilling and Eva MacNamara from Expedition Engineering have kindly volunteered to engineer my project. As we are building on a building site, the risks and safety involved have to be considered. These are mitigated by a risk assessment put forward through UCL, and a project manager on site.
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