• 12 December 2017

Waterman supports Stephen Lawrence Trust

We are delighted to be supporting Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to develop an exciting new space as a memorial of Stephen’s aspirations in Deptford, South London.

The project will mark the 25th Anniversary of Stephen’s death, and create a legacy for the Trust to continue its work in the coming years.

The aim of the project is to transform some of the existing spaces to provide a creative incubator space (HUB), for young start-ups within the built environment. This will enable the Trust to extend the support they provide to young people post education, and generate unrestricted funding for the charity, directly impacting their ability to deliver their objectives.

The income generated by the HUB will help support The Stephen Lawrence Bursary Award, which to date, has awarded over 125 bursaries to architecture students in need of financial support whilst studying. It will also help the continued growth of the Building Futures Programme, which in its first year has supported over 100 architecture students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds by providing paid internships, work placements, access to professional mentors and workshops.

Waterman is proud to have been working closely with fit-out and refurbishment expert BW to provide structural engineering advice to deliver this remarkable new development that will transform the centre into a thriving creative space.

As a thank you to all those involved in the project, a meeting was organised on 11th December to recognise the effort and support shown. David Marshall, Senior Engineer, from our Structures team was proud to attend amongst approximately 30 people from the project team, including Gensler Architects, BW and the various companies involved.

Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE (Stephen’s mother), attended the meeting. In her speech, she said; “The legacy of Stephen has stretched worldwide with what we have done in his name.”

Baroness Lawrence was presented with a personalised BW high-visibility jacket with her name and ‘25th Anniversary’ printed on to mark the event.

The project is due to be completed in 2018.

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