Environmental Education charity Global Generation is building a new community garden and educational building in Canada Water to support our work with children and young people in Southwark. The project is innovative in a number of ways. The building is highly sustainable making use of reclaimed materials and it’s re-purposing of an existing structure. Learning and engagement are embedded in the design and building process. The build will support a wide-ranging community program creating opportunities for local people.

We are looking for a site manager to manage the health and safety aspects of the build, to manage trade contractors and volunteers and to interface with the Global Generation’s educational programs to teach young people leadership skills and engage them in sustainable construction. The project provides the opportunity to be part of one of London’s most unique and exciting regeneration projects, the Canada Water Masterplan and to take on a pivotal role in unlocking the social value inherent in a regeneration project of this scale.

As the site manager you will be responsible for the build process in the gardens with a primary responsibility to manage the new Paper Garden site during the construction phase and looking after Health and Safety. You will need to understand what is needed and assess whether to fix or build this independently or whether to co-design and co-build with groups of local participants. You will work closely with the Community & Youth and Garden teams to include elements of design and build across our projects. You will work alongside other members of the Global Generation team and partner organisations including British Land and their consultants to develop our community build offer.

Organisational Context

Global Generation has an established network of urban food-growing sites in and around King’s Cross, Euston and Canada Water. Our work connects people of all ages to nature in the middle of the city. We focus on the development of the whole person, providing support for children and young people to become catalysts for change in their communities. We integrate values-based reflective learning into practical sessions, enabling people to grow themselves, grow relationships and grow a new vision for the future. Alongside community building and educational work we have built innovative garden spaces and associated structures, relying on a mix of experienced pro-bono, community volunteer, student and community support alongside paid help.

Four years ago we began to grow our Paper Garden, based in the grounds of the Printworks, Canada Water. We have developed a gardening, design, and storytelling practice that has brought together local people and produced an oasis for nature and communities. We work with local schools and community groups to build a vision and implement parts of the public realm spaces of the Canada Water Masterplan development.

From June we will be beginning this exciting build process for the Paper Garden site, which is currently going through planning. Central to the build approach is making it simple and safe for construction industry professionals to help whilst also engaging the community in meaningful activities which will help grow a living atmosphere and a shared ownership of the garden. The site is 1 acre and will encompass:

  • an innovative two storey indoor base which will house a community kitchen and office, and a multipurpose workshop and classroom space
  • growing space in planters, an orchard and a supported community allotment and a sky walkway.

To apply, please send a completed application form, equal opportunities monitoring form (download from our website) and your cv to [email protected]