The value of localised engagement continues on the Olympic development site in East London

The Stephen Lawrence Chartable Trust have been working in partnership with L&Q to deliver another year of paid summer placements to young people over at Chobham Manor LLP, we have partnered with PRP architects for the sixth consecutive year, as well as home builder Taylor Wimpey, who joined as a partner of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in 2017.

Bareera was the successful candidate for the role at PRP, having completed the first-year of her architecture degree at the University of Arts London. When applying for the position at PRP the interview panel were extremely impressed by her knowledge of the local area and approach to community-based design. During her placement Bareera worked in the design team and landscape team at PPR, attending client meetings, site visits and working on projects related to the Chobham Manor site, being exposed to software programmes and live design projects.

Bareera said; Being able to work at PRP is a unique opportunity as the practice is varied and has teams working on all the RIBA stages- from planning to delivery- and has an exciting landscape department. I have come away with a clearer and more thorough understanding of the architecture industry which is invaluable at this stage in my studies. I was also very lucky to visit the Chobham Manor construction site which gave me an excellent insight into how architecture is realised on site. I have also learnt how to use Revit and I have no doubt grown in confidence and built relations with incredible people at PRP.



The successful candidate who joined the team at Taylor Wimpey, Murat Collins, was asked how he found the experience working at one of the UK leading home builders, ‘This has been an incredible opportunity for me to gain an insight into site management from such a reputable company, Taylor Wimpey. This placement has improved my confidence in decision making whilst every day presenting new challenges which has furthered my knowledge in this industry. I have worked alongside very experienced people in this field who have been only too happy to share their knowledge, which I really appreciate and would like to thank the great team there’


Sharan Ansong, Business Lead on Chobham Manor at L&Q said;  It’s really rewarding to create these work placements in architecture and construction fields, giving local people the opportunity to grow and gain hands on experience in their chosen career close to their home. Bareera and Murat both showed real passion and have really embraced this experience to their advantage. The process of selecting the right candidate is a collaborative process from shortlisting, interviewing and even following their journey beyond the work experience programme. I look forward to continue our growing partnerships with Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, PRP and Taylor Wimpey to continue to offer future opportunities such as these.’



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