Shape Newham

Improving public spaces together

Beckton, East Ham, Forest Gate, Green Street, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Maryland and Plaistow.


Newham Council want you to get involved in the shaping of Newham’s public places and are investing £1.5m to make it happen. The mission is to create 18 imaginative and original public art and public space projects across eight of its town centres. These projects should be enhancements for where you live, and you will be steering the priorities and locations for the projects

Newham is a great place to live and we want to make it better – people are at the heart of everything we do.
–Rohksana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham 

As part of your local community, you are invited to participate in choosing the priorities and locations for the town centres in Beckton, East Ham, Forest Gate, Green Street, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Maryland and Plaistow. As part of a series of workshops, you will then vote for their favourite ideas and work with the council, architects and local artists to develop the ideas further. Later next year, the results of this collaboration will be installed across eight different town centres and areas in Newham. 

Shape Newham has been designed to do 3 things:

  • To get you talking to your neighbours. We want you to talk about any local issues, to share your ideas with one another, and to celebrate your local resources!
  • To get you involved with the council’s decision making. We want to improve transparency with the council's decisions.
  • To get you shaping places! You can do this by developing the projects with the artists and designers and making decisions around their projects.

Visit the opportunities section for information on how to get involved!


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The development of Shape Newham is supported by AOC Architecture in collaboration with a team of designers that include Carver Haggard, Office S&M, Europa, Social Broadcasts and Local Works Studio. The design team, along with local artists, will ensure that the development and delivery of all projects reflect and represent the people and places of Newham. 

AOC architecture 

AOC architecture 

AOC are architects who specialise in working with communities and are part of the GLA Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel. They are leading the rest of the project design team to ensure this project is representative of all the residents, businesses and students of Newham. 

AOC particularly enjoy having lunchtime design meetings in Chawalla on Green Street followed by some afternoon research in Plaistow Library.

Office S&M

Office S&M

Office S&M is an architecture practice that specialises in designs which elicit a reaction. The practice delivers urban realm and art projects that celebrate the everyday use of spaces, by using narrative, material, and colour, in unexpected ways. They are one of the vitality designers as part of Shape Newham, and in particular are engaging with the Northern areas of Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, and Little Ilford.

Hugh, one of the partners at Office S&M, is a Newham resident and lives in Stratford. His favourite hidden gem in the borough is the City of London Cemetery in Manor Park, which contains 200 acres of Grade 1 listed monuments, and many historic figures from the local area, including Bobby Moore.

Local Works Studio

Local Works Studio

Local Works Studio is a design and making practice, who explore site-based resources to plan, make and repair.

In Newham, Local Works Studio will share skills and knowledge about making processes – working with local residents and community groups to make art works for their neighbourhoods, through a series of workshops.

They love the creativity of the window displays in Newham's independent shops and the bustle of the local high streets.

Carver Haggard

Carver Haggard

CarverHaggard is a research and design practice. They work to create public space and public benefit, supporting local communities and the local economy. For Shape Newham, they will be focussing on the East region with the people of Beckton and East Ham.

They love the diversity of Newham and the way the busy markets and high streets are balanced by outdoor space; from the expanses of Central Park to East Ham nature reserve with its 12th Century Church.

Social Broadcasts

Social Broadcasts

Social Broadcasts combine community engagement, oral history recording and radio production to capture and broadcast voices that are often underrepresented in mainstream media. Using the magic of audio to retell and reimagine personal stories and social conversations, for a fresh transmission of the contemporary narratives that matter most.

Lucia Scazzocchio, founder of Social Broadcasts,  assisted by Mae-Li Evans has been recording interviews with local residents all over Newham. This has meant a lot of cycling around the borough and stopping off  to fill up her bike basket with fruit and veg from Queens market on the way home.



Europa is a graphic design studio who work with a diverse set of cultural institutions on projects including graphic identities, books, publications, exhibition design, signage, art direction and websites.

Europa has a particular interest in architecture, urbanism and the role that graphic design can play in a place’s identity. Europa looks for moments when graphic design and architecture overlap, and create opportunities for our work to play a more supportive and less top-down role in framing a place. 

Their favourite graphics in Newham is George’s Fish Bar and A Hole in the Wall Autos Garage in Plaistow; Seahorse on East Street and Teddy’s Tyres in Maryland.