• 17 July 2019

Building bridges with Open House Families

Waterman’s structures team were excited to return to Open City’s annual two-day architecture festival in June, Open House Families, which hosts a series of workshops and fun activities across 40 locations in London.

Open City are a world-wide charity which promotes people-centred cities through initiatives that serve the public, education and construction sectors. With an outreach to over 40 cities across five continents, they have 27+ years’ experience in inspiring the next generation of city-shapers through their year-round public events and leading education programmes.

One such event is the Open House Families Festival which sees approx. 1,000 people in attendance. In cultural venues across London, including Canary Wharf, Here East, Gasholder Park and the Gherkin, various stalls are set up to host free family-friendly activities such as model-making, storytelling, drawing and LEGO that aims to encourage the public to take a closer look at their surroundings.

As part of Waterman’s ongoing relationship with Open City, six structural engineers: Paul Halberstadt, Kevin Paldano, Thomas Wright, Martina Famoso, Kapishanth Jeyathas and Charlotte Hitchens, set up a bridge modelling activity outside the Gherkin on 22 June, allowing children and adults of all ages to construct their own cable stayed bridges out of paper, string and other craft materials.

With over 400 people attending their site throughout the day, Paul said; “As engineers it’s nice to be able to approach engineering solutions within fun and informal activities like this. It’s refreshing to see everyone getting stuck in and making the most of what the festival has to offer. We had a lot of positive feedback and some very impressive models were constructed. We look forward to working with Open City again in the future.”

For further information, you can visit the Open City website by clicking here.

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