Tulse Hill’s new community centre will be the largest urban straw-bale self-build in Europe, and one of few such buildings worldwide – but hopefully, building with materials and styles right for the climate emergency will inspire others.
This year, Strawbale plans to complete the shell with Crowdfunder donations for essential materials creating a real sense of ownership. They set a target of £10,000 to buy English timber and 99% recycled plastic roof slates, and in April successfully reached £10,644 with 58 supporters in 154 days. Lambeth Council pledged £5,000, so extra money can help fund the greenest ways to build strong floors.
The crowdfunder message was you’re helping a project that will help lots of other people now, and in the future. With hundreds involved building hands-on with green materials, environmental education is built in . The building work includes work experience for young people training in construction at South Thames College, and volunteers of all ages. A girls’ lunchtime building club from the neighbouring secondary school, St Martin’s Academy helps make 60% of the volunteer work force female. Emily, age 13, from St Martin’s Academy Building Club, said: “I want to walk past that building with my grandchildren and say ‘I built part of that.”” (
Crowdfund Lambeth is a platform to support community projects making our borough a unique place to live, work, learn and do business. The project must demonstrate that it has strong local support shown through a vibrant crowdfunding campaign.
To be considered for match-funding from Lambeth Council, the project will need to meet some simple criteria and must contribute to one or more of the borough plan priorities:
- Sustainable growth: a growing economy that everyone benefits from.
- Resilient communities: communities that are thriving and connected.
- Promote care and independence: people have support to live well and independently.
- Place: Make Lambeth a place people want to live, work and invest.
If you have a project or initiative and want to find if you’re eligible for match-funding, you can see our criteria and apply online