Anthology, a property developer along with sponsors Higgins Construction, hosted a Big Lunch at Shoreditch Park (Sunday 12th June) which saw local residents enjoy a day of food, entertainment and braving the British weather!
The Big Lunch was held close to Anthology’s Hoxton Press development, which is due to launch in autumn 2016. Hoxton Press forms part of Hackney Council’s wider regeneration of the Colville Estate, where all Council homes for social renting will be re-provided and all tenants have a Right to Return to a newly-built home on the estate.
In order to build stronger neighbourhood relationships, The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by The Big Lottery Fund. It’s the perfect recipe for having fun with your neighbours, feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhoods.
As part of the Big Lunch in Hoxton, some residents enjoyed a feast of street food whilst others brought along their own picnics to enjoy. Guests were entertained by live music from In the Mode and children took part in origami making, had fun having their faces painted and met special guest Buzz Lightyear.
A big celebration cake was also shared for all to enjoy. The cake was officially cut by Councillor Glanville to mark the relationship between Anthology, London Borough of Hackney, Higgins and the Colville Estate Tenants and Residents Association (CETRA) as they work together to transform the Colville Estate.
David Newey, is the Project Director for Anthology Hoxton Press: “It has been found by research from the Eden Project that 10% of people admit to feeling too shy or scared to start up a conversation with their neighbours so our Big Lunch in Hoxton was a great opportunity to put on a get together for the neighbourhood to help breakdown these barriers. It was also a good way for us to get to know the local residents and we look forward to further building on these relationship as our Hoxton Press development on the Colville Estate progresses.”
Paul Cooke, New Business Director for Higgins Construction commented, “We are delighted to be involved with Anthology and London Borough of Hackney in organising the Big Lunch event for the Colville community to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. This event signals the start of a positive working relationship to continue the regeneration of the Colville estate and we are keen to ensure we forge positive relationships with the local community during construction as well as strong links with the local businesses.
“We are also extremely committed to taking on local labour and will be creating opportunities for local people through our training and apprenticeship schemes.”
For further information on Anthology and the works happening at their Hoxton Press development please visit www.anthology.london.