Transforming ‘The Hub’ for the Renaissance Foundation

The Renaissance Foundation is a charity that transforms the lives of young Londoners. It was founded in 2009 by Sat Singh who was inspired by his experiences as a young patient and carer. It now brings hope and empowers change for the current generation of young patients and carers aged between 12 and 18, supporting them through a three-stage programme that strengthens their resilience, develops their soft skills and raises their aspirations.

Recently, the Foundation has been working on its dream of creating a community space for its young people. Named ‘The Hub’, it’s based in the historic crypt of St Botolph-without-Aldgate Church in the City of London. Since December 2022, the charity began refurbishing the crypt with the aim of making it the perfect place for inspirational events, engaging workshops and its famous pizza drop-ins.

BPC’s Nick Smith and Tom Knight were delighted to volunteer to help with the project. We supplied partition nibs and wall linings which were then installed by Nick and Tom. They also teamed up with volunteers from SSS Ceilings and Premier Taping to ensure these were taped and jointed to a finish.

Thanks to our work – and that of a whole range of firms – the transformation of the crypt has been astonishing. As you can see from the photos, a neglected and tired space has been recreated as a modern and attractive facility that will serve the Renaissance Foundation for years.

Peter McKinlay, Construction Manager at Overbury, who has been involved in co-ordinating the project, passed on some excellent feedback from the Foundation. He said: “The client loves the space and they have had trustees of the charity down who have been really impressed with what has been created for them. Some of the children have also had a look round and they absolutely loved the space and didn’t want to leave! This is testament to the fantastic work you have all done to transform the space from its original condition to the finished space we have provided the charity with.”

Well done to all involved! Your work will help the charity change lives for the better for hundreds of young people.