Providing regular and considerable contributions to the local community ensures everyone benefits from the project’s construction.
Becoming a positive player within local schools and youth groups creates additional opportunities, provides a service and also leaves a healthy legacy behind.
A multitude of efforts focusing around community engagement particularly within local schools can be found within the examples below:
- Considerable manpower has been given to the local school’s ‘Breakfast Club’ with operatives helping serve food, sitting with students, and providing resources to the club through additional food and funds;
- Weekly site visits are arranged for children to view the project being built and also get hands on by taking turns on the ‘Big Digger’;
- The site team take time to visit the school on a regular basis by giving presentations on the build. These are focused specifically on the curriculum which has been modified to include the building process;
- Providing and building with the children external school furniture from reclaimed palates, cable drums and old scaffold boards;
- Further to vandalism over a weekend the site provided both labour and materials on the Monday to repair external play and educational areas of the school in a ‘SOS’ type project by the end of the day.
- A trip was organised to visit the steel fabrication company 35 miles away so the students could see exactly where the frame of the project’s building was being produced;
- 30 full strips of football kit have been supplied;
- Involving the landscapers, the school and the pupils established an ‘edible’ hedge of raspberries, blackberries etc;
- Youngsters were given the opportunity for ‘Real Work Situations’ through an established local community build programme. This offered experiences such as laying hot tarmac (instead of cold) down and also curbs on concrete (instead of sand) which would not otherwise be available.
Although each single event cannot necessarily be considered as innovative, the sheer scale of the total community engagement has been approved as an innovation in its own right.
Monitor Report, Private, Robertson Construction England Yorkshire & East Midlands Ltd, South Yorkshire, December 2015.