Enabling Enterprise is an award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise set up by a team of teachers in 2009. Their mission is to equip young people with the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to succeed in life - and, in June 2017 - Broadgate got involved.
We invited pupils from Hackney’s Kingsmead Primary School to Broadgate to take a tour of the 100 Liverpool Street and 3 Broadgate redevelopments and meet experts from both British Land and Sir Robert McAlpine who are currently engaged in a 10-year project to regenerate buildings and public spaces across the neighbourhood.
Enabling Enterprise plays an important part of our commitment to the Broadgate Legacy. This Legacy not only aims to connect young people with the vibrant, diverse area so they feel part of its development and changing architecture but also to inspire them to consider the property industry as part of their careers and future. Nurturing local talent for both Broadgate and its occupiers is an essential part of what the Broadgate Legacy is about.
Set the task of redeveloping a brownfield site in the fictional town of Bogsby, the children were able to interview six expert volunteers who had joined the group from British Land and Sir Robert McAlpine and take a tour of the Broadgate redevelopment sites.
Teams then applied their new knowledge to their model of the Bogsby development, thinking about the requirements of local residents plus sustainability issues such as recycling and green energy.
To get the plans finished in time, students needed to show excellent working in a team skills and motivate each other by leading. After construction was finished, the students set about sharing their ideas and models in a trade fair with judges from British Land.
As one Kingsmead Primary School teacher explained, “It was a great opportunity to see some of our students get really involved in leading the tasks and thinking about dividing responsibilities out"; meanwhile one student commented: “The main skills we used were Working in a Team so that everyone had a job and we could build our site on time.”
Find out more about getting involved with Enabling Enterprise here.