A LEGO bricklayer has received £1,000 from Brims Construction to create a new community studio in the North East.
The Brick This Studio had managed to raise £2,085 of its £3,000 target before Sunderland’s Brims Construction stepped in to donate the remaining third of the money after reading about the project in The Journal newspaper.
Brick This is being set up by Steve Mayes, an architectural photographer who has gained fame locally for building North East landmarks in the miniature bricks.
With Brims’ support the studio will now be able to fully launch as a community centre for budding Lego architects.
Richard Wood, director at Sunderland-based Brims Construction, said: “We are really pleased to be one of the supporters to help Steve achieve his ambitions.
“Being a building company, bricks are part of our life, we are really impressed with the quality of his work, the level of detail is excellent and it’s great to see some of the region’s landmark buildings recreated in this way.”
He added: “In Steve’s case we are supportive of the wider community-focused aims of the ‘Brick This’ project and hope that it might spark the interest and talent of someone to become more involved in building, architecture or the built environment.
“Once we’d read the piece in The Journal it just seemed like a good thing to be part of and to support. We are looking forward to visiting the new studio once it’s ready.
“Brims have been lucky enough to be part of some iconic local building projects such as the Toffee Factory and Liveworks in Newcastle and maybe – in time – they will be re-created in Lego too.”
Mr Mayes is now preparing to use the money raised to launch a community hub for those wanting to build their own Lego projects. It will include its own supply of Lego for people to use, a gallery to display people’s work, and will also be used to hold workshops.
Mr Mayes said: “I want to give Brims Construction a big thank you as they have put in a big chunk of the money. But I also want to thank everybody who donated for their support.
“It means I can do everything I wanted to do, which is fitting the place out while getting some of the official Lego sets in for people so we can do some workshops.
“It’s going to be a bit of a test pilot as I don’t know what is going to work yet, but it will enable me to make it visitor friendly.
Since Brims donated its £1,000 to the project two more backers have pledged their support, including one for £750. The total raised stands at £3,845.
Those that donate £750 or more are eligible to receive a custom made 10×10 inch model of their choice.
Brims Construction has donated the money without requesting a model to be made. However Mr Mayes hopes he can work with Brims to build one of the firm’s own buildings, such as Newcastle’s Toffee factory.