A dozen children from Old Oak Primary School buried a time capsule at the Oaklands South regeneration site at Old Oak on Friday with the hope of ensuring their childhood experiences are remembered in years to come.
The project, run by local outdoor education charity Urbanwise.London, has seen ten and eleven-year olds from Old Oak Primary School explore their local area and its history as they study the changes that are taking place on their doorstep.
The children’s time capsule contains memories about life in the school, a postcard to their future self from each student that participated in the project, copies of their lessons and photographs of the children with the team behind the Oaklands project.
Carlos Izsak, Maker Education Co-ordinator at Urbanwise.London, said:
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Old Oak School investigating changes in the local area with support from Notting Hill Genesis and QPR. We’re super excited about the time capsule and hope that when found in the future it will help others understand what life for Old Oak children was like in 2018!”
Following the time capsule event, Yara, 10-years old said:
“I like the different activities, especially the time capsule burial. We also learned how 200years ago the site used to be a farm. It was very interesting”.
The children also had the opportunity to engage with the team behind the Oaklands regeneration during the sessions, including Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR), Notting Hill Genesis, CZWG Architects, hgh planning consultants and main project contractors Galliford Try Partnerships, to discover more about the development less than a mile away from their school.
Julia Nunes-Carvalho, Project Director at Notting Hill Genesis, said:
“We’re delighted with the education sessions we’ve organised with Urbanwise.London. It was great for our team to share details about the Oaklands scheme with the children and hopefully encourage them to continue their involvement with us throughout the building works. We hope they enjoyed the sessions and the burying of the time capsule. Perhaps this experience might even attract them into the regeneration and construction industries when they’re a bit older!”.
Alan Sendorek, Head of Strategy at QPR Property, said:
“Our staff and project partners had fun at the sessions and we look forward to continuing engaging with the local community as we deliver the Oaklands scheme.”
The Oaklands South scheme, being delivered by Notting Hill Genesis and QPR, along with main contractor Galliford Try Partnerships, is the first major scheme to come forward in the Old Oak regeneration area.
Work is currently ongoing on the first phase of the scheme.
Please visit www.oaklandsregeneration.co.uk to find out more about the Oaklands scheme.
For more information, please contact Valentine Agamah (Valentine.Agamah@fortyshillings.com) on 020 8786 6130.