Architecture students work on Olympic Park homes

Work placement students Esref Ghazi, Oscar Wokowu and Ebenezer Solola with Rachel Wicks from the Ste

Work placement students Esref Ghazi, Oscar Wokowu and Ebenezer Solola with Rachel Wicks from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (2nd left) and Belinda Moreau-Jones from Chobham Manor Partnership (2nd right) - Credit: Archant

Architecture students were given the opportunity to complete work placements with the company behind one of Newham’s newest neighbourhoods.

Esref Ghazi and Ebenezer Solola gained practical experience working on the Chobham Manor development, which is the first new neighbourhood to be built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Oscar Wokowu also gained a temporary job making models for Haworth Tompkins, one of the companies building the new properties.

Ebenezer, who lives in Manor Park, said: “The whole placement has been great, and it’s given me a real overview of all of the different aspects of architecture and how it fits together.”

The placements were only available to local architecture students, including those who had graduated but had not gained employment.

The placements were delivered in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which supports budding architects, and were funded by L&Q and Taylor Wimpey.

Paul Brickell, the executive director of regeneration and community partnerships at the London Legacy Development Corporation said: “The London Legacy Development Corporation is fully committed to creating opportunities for young people through its contracts for constructing and running Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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“We look forward to working closely with our developer partners and contractors to develop further initiatives of this kind and help local people overcome barriers to finding employment.”

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