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Apprentices at New College, Nottingham took part in our award winning scheme

Young people with the Prince's Trust in North Wales received training, experience and qualifications on our site at Colwyn Bay

As one of the top 20 construction companies in the UK we understand our responsibilities to our staff, our clients, communities, our supply chain and the environment.

We make a difference. We have a positive impact on the communities in which we work. We do our very best to employ local and spend local on every development. We encourage our supply chain to do the same and regularly monitor them to ensure they are aligned to our business practices and the high standards we expect from our suppliers and partners.

We seek to work with social enterprises on many of our larger projects and partner with them to deliver services for our sites such as catering facilities for the workforce or waste wood recycling.

We are committed to:

Case Studies:

New College, Nottingham – Basford Hall Campus

Social value: £6m – 22.22% of project value

 

The campus was surrounded by some of Nottingham’s most deprived areas: 44% of 16-64-year-olds were not in employment and only 62% were economically active.  Working closely with our sub-contractors and the Nottingham Job Hub, we put a work experience and apprenticeship scheme in place, with some tough targets. We delivered:

Not only did the scheme facilitate almost 2,200 weeks of work/experience/learning for a large group of young people it was also the catalyst for securing long-term work and permanent positions for some of them.

At the end of the project, more than 200 of the participants were still in their post and looking forward to a brighter future.

The scheme also helped New College introduce its construction students to a live site. They were able to learn about their subject in the classroom and then put that into practice on the project – helping to build their own new facility.

The opportunity to engage with a major main contractor and receive the kind of on the job training and experience afforded by the Basford Hall site, was an opportunity not to be missed. The initiative also won the Skills and Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year at the East Midlands’ Property Awards.


Waterside Campus – University of Northampton

 

The development of the Waterside Campus is the biggest investment ever made by the University of Northampton. We were appointed main contractor for the project – our largest ever to date at £123m.

A social impact plan was devised and KPI’s set for employing local, buying local, work placements and apprenticeship opportunities, community engagement and making a positive impact on the environment.

We achieved:

These were achieved while we constructed five new academic buildings and sports facilities and also refurbished a Grade II listed former engine shed. The project was praised by the Considerate Constructors Scheme inspector who said: “Waterside should be used as a flagship for all construction sites”.


Colwyn Bay, Wales – new offices for Conwy Borough Council

Social Value £4.8m – 15.5% of project value

 

We were employed by client Muse Developments to build a new HQ for Conwy Borough Council in Colwyn Bay. It is an area of mixed opportunity. More than 32% of households receive less than 60% of the GB median wage (2018 figures), with community and church groups providing help to many within the community.

We provided:


Social enterprise:

The Community Wood Recycling Scheme

 

Our commitment to recycling waste on our construction sites has led to a partnership with the Community Wood Recycling Scheme. This is a network of social enterprises collecting and reusing waste wood in the most environmentally beneficial way. They create sustainable jobs and training opportunities for disadvantaged people.
Every single piece of wood we collect is reused or recycled, nothing is dumped as waste. To date, our commitment has rescued 863 tonnes of wood from waste and this has created paid employment and training.
• 21% – 180 tonnes has been reused by communities for DIY/building projects
• 31% – 271 tonnes has been processed into firewood and kindling, helping to displace fossil fuels, reduce carbon emmissions and create paid work
• 48% – was sent for recycling into woodchip used in the manufacture of particleboard, animal bedding or as carbon-neutral fuel in power stations
The recycling scheme gives opportunities to ex-offenders and people with learning difficulties or mental health issues, helping them to overcome barriers to finding employment by giving them skills and self-confidence.

 

A copy of the Bowmer + Kirkland Social Value Policy can be found here