Search

Tim is promised Mayor’s cash to turn empty basement in Poplar tower block into recycle workshop

PUBLISHED: 13:20 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:50 15 August 2017

Tim Barklem (peak cap) teaching at Rejuvenate UK workshop in east London. Picture: Rejuvenate UK

Tim Barklem (peak cap) teaching at Rejuvenate UK workshop in east London. Picture: Rejuvenate UK

Rejuvenate UK

Artist Tim Barklem is desperately looking for businesses to help his social project to convert an empty basement in a tower block in east London into a recycling training centre.

He has just won a £25,000 crowdfunding pledge from the Mayor of London for his ‘East London Makerspace’ scheme for Poplar’s Carradale House at St Leonard’s Road—but now needs to find another £40,000 before the September 16 deadline.

His Rejuvenate UK not-for-profit organisation based at Trinity Buoy Wharf in Blackwall has backing from Poplar Harca housing to turn the unused Carrredale House basement to good use. Backing has also come from Tower Hamlets Council.

“It’s a tough battle raising the funds,” he told the Advertiser. “We need support from businesses in the community. I have been sending out many emails and letters for help.”

The 58-year-old arts specialist also staged two exhibitions at The Cabin community centre on Poplar’s Aberfeldy Estate last week to put the public in the picture.

“We want to use the basement for workshops to teach how to create products from waste,” Tim explained.

“We also train people to set up their own business or social enterprise to make viable products from scratch, put them into production and how to market them.”

Tim was “over the moon” when the City Hall crowdfunding event pledged £25,000, but still has to raise the rest of the £60,000 needed—with only four weeks to go.

One East End company, Mears Construction in Old Ford, has pledged £2,000 towards the project, Tim revealed. It employs its own carpenters who want to get involved.

The Carradale House basement has not been used since the block was built in the 1970s. Tim wants to “put it to good use” while teaching youngsters to recycle material that his organisation collects from hotels and other companies and help tackle the East End’s high youth unemployment.

His organisation hopes to expand later to take on other unused spaces and has already run a similar project in Hackney for the London Gypsy Travellers’ Unit at London Fields.

Supporters can go online at the Spacehive website or email tim@actiondog.net

Latest East London News Stories

12:47

Jeremy Hunt has lauded a NHS mental health trust for its dedication to patient safety after it “overhauled” its way of working.

Yesterday, 16:49

A woman who inflicted 32 fatal stab wounds in a jealous rage on a man she claimed was her boyfriend has been jailed for 20 years.

Yesterday, 13:01

Mystery surrounds the identity of a man found dead on Hackney Marshes two years ago – with police no closer to knowing his name or what happened.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A call has been made tonight for a return of government commissioners to take over all planning applications going through Tower Hamlets council in the light of fresh corruption allegations of a £2 million “bribery” attempt.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weather warnings have been issued across London following heavy snowfall overnight and this morning.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A public meeting for renters to know their legal rights is being held in Whitechapel on Monday as part of a long-running campaign to protect private tenants from rogue landlords.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Joshua Ashley holds a fundraising event this-morning for the Apples and Pears cockney charity in London’s East End to launch his new personal fitness trainers app.

Friday, December 8, 2017

The families of two fire-fighters who died in a blaze in east London 13 years ago stood silently as a memorial was unveiled in their memory.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now