photo credit Sam Stephenson
Construction students studying at Brighton MET are assisting with the renovation of a derelict office block into a new community kitchen.
The multi-trade students, aged from 16-19, are carrying out the important initial work on the site, including stripping out existing fittings, walls and ceilings, and making the existing electrical and plumbing safe for the refurbishment work.
The partnership aims to turn the empty offices in Queens Road into the most ambitious project of their 13-year history. Backed by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, the community kitchen will provide cooking lessons and workshops for everyone ranging from beginners to more experienced cooks. Subsidised courses will also be run for people with learning difficulties, and those on low incomes or with mental health issues.
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen Manager Alan Lugton said, "The MET students are showing what community really means by working so hard. We are so impressed by their spirit and enthusiasm.
"We can't wait to complete the transformation of this space - so we can get on with inspiring more people to cook and share food."
MET construction tutor Stephen Wilkins, said, "This has been a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable work experience, enhancing their time at college, and giving them real world life skills."