Your Space: the Stephen Lawrence Centre

Thorpesjoinery help reform "Your Space" Area

About the Trust

Thorpes are delighted to have been involved in the recent fit-out of "Your Space" at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (SLCT). The Trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice; giving them an opportunity and the support to flourish in a society that treats them with fairness and respect. Your Space underwent a transformation, evolving the design of the co-working environment to help empower, inspire, and support it's users.

The Mission

The project was designed by global architecture firm Gensler and delivered by BW: Workplace Experts, but the wider project team consisted of 48-sub contractors and 34 suppliers, all of whom committed time and money to this cause, making it the largest pro-bono project of its type.

 Our team at Thorpes Joinery supplied and installed several bespoke joinery items for this fantastic project and we are thrilled to be able to aid the Trust in its vision to grow their work and secure Stephen's legacy.

Project Story

The main objective for project was to retain the same core values founded within the Trust and the bright interior is a manifestation of the emotional and physical healing process the trust represents. With such a large number of companies involved the fit out process involved fastidious planning and numerous meetings to ensure a smooth running project, and our team worked alongside many hardworking and creative individuals to help bring this concept into a reality.

We feel Your Space is an excellent next step to realising the Trust’s vision and mission, offering entrepreneurs an affordable space for their business to grow, while all proceeds are reinvested into the Trust to support our work of providing training and inspiration to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

As we celebrate 20 years of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and commemorate 25 years since Stephen’s death we are also looking forward to the future and how the legacy of the trust can be secured going forward.
— Sonia Watson (Chief Executive of SLCT)
This was a tremendously satisfying project to be involved in, it is a space that makes a difference
— Peter Flynn (Contracts Manager at BW)
Seeing the emotional reaction of the staff and alumni at the center to the reworked space, and knowing what a difference it will make, has been incredibly rewarding.
— Chris Crawford (Lead Project Designer, Gensler)