Power Station revival brings new youth space to the Patmore Estate

Published: 26 August 2015

The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Nicola Nardelli has officially opened a brand new youth facility on the Patmore Estate in Nine Elms which will be run by local youth charity FAST.


Created from a disused communal laundry room, the new space has been transformed by the owners of Battersea Power Station and their building contractors Carillion, Skanska and Clipfine Site Services.

A team of local young people project managed the refurbishment work from design all the way through to completion. During the four month project they picked up valuable skills in construction, health and safety, sourcing goods and services, project and event management and communications.  

A total of 16 sub-contractors from the power station site pitched in to support the process.

The completed youth space is located on the ground floor of Marsh House and now offers a computer suite, group work space and kitchen. It will be a hub for FAST’s work in the local area which centres on raising the aspirations of the younger generation and helping to transform their lives.

Sam Clark, a Patmore resident and volunteer on the project explains why she wanted to get involved in creating a new youth space: “It’s going to create opportunities for young people in this area who haven't had opportunities before and will help those of us that are slightly older who haven't worked before to get work. I just got some work experience and, soon, I hope a job through FAST.”

Natalie Forbe, a Patmore resident and youth volunteer on the project explains how she’s worked with the whole team at Battersea: “I’ve been involved by organising the work, going to meetings at the Power Station and actually doing the work which has taught me about construction. It's been great to do something, keeping busy, helping others and learning something at the same time.  It's good for the community!”

Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Nicola Nardelli, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be part of the opening of FAST’s new drop-in space. It is such a valuable project for the Patmore Estate. FAST, together with Kerry, is doing fantastic work in getting Patmore’s young people focused and also into work I hope this continues well into the future.”

Kerry Astin, South-West Director of e:merge and FAST, says: “Thank you to everyone at Battersea Power Station who has lent their time and energy to help us out. We work to raise the aspirations of Patmore’s young people and help them transform their lives. Our young people now understand more about almost every stage of construction and project management while working with the contractors to create an amazing new space to take forward our work and their ambitions.”

Rob Tincknell, CEO at BPSDC, said: “The youth centre is important because it will be a home for e:merge to work one-to-one with young people to build up their confidence and to support each person to gain employment. This project is a small step towards helping local young people to reach their potential and it is brilliant that Team Battersea has worked together to partner with e:merge on this journey.”

The specialist contractors involved are: Keltbray Environmental Services, Woodlands Site Services, SRW Engineering Services, Astins, Cousins, Clear-line, Permasteelisa, Swift Group, Roofing & Construction Ltd, O’Neill & Brennan, Platt & Reilly, Wysepower, Domus Tiles, Travis Perkins, Cornelius and Speedy Hire.

The youth space opening was marked with a special day of community events and talks. Highlights included: sports activities, free food, open mic, and arts and craft workshops.

To contact FAST call 07528 065764 or email: fast@emergeonline.org.uk

The council's Queenstown Quest employment service is dedicated to supporting young unemployed people in the Queenstown Ward (which includes Nine Elms) into work. Email Quest@wandsworth.gov.uk or call 07768 987491.

The council’s Work Match team helps borough residents of all ages to find work. Email wandsworthworkmatch@wandsworth.gov.uk or call 020 8871 5191.