MEET THE DOCKERS APES
As readers of this newsletter know, Cody Dock is a powerful example of grass-roots-led regeneration: a fertile social space carved from the rubbish of post-industrialisation. This environment has proved a perfect fit for Adventure Playground Engineers (APES), one of the UK’s premier adventure playground builders. Since April 2015, APES has worked from the Cody Dock site and contributed to its prime aim: building a creative quarter with new workspaces and public facilities, creating new jobs in an area of intense deprivation, while fostering a stronger sense of place and civic pride for a highly transient population. “Cody Dock has been the ideal environment for APES,” says John O’Driscoll, director of the award-winning company. “Our ethos and Cody Dock’s mesh perfectly; we have been energised by the site’s can-do attitude; and it gives us the space to build large-scale structures and treat the natural materials at the heart of our work. “We also give back to Cody Dock by using our construction skills to contribute to its upkeep: it’s been a positive relationship from the start.”
Published on Apr 6, 2017
Gasworks Dock Partnership is a registered charity based in the London Borough of Newham. We are leading the regeneration and development of...