Community Involvement on a University Project

Interacting with your site community is vital, in order to build good relations, with local residents and businesses.

Each individual project will have different local needs to consider, depending on the type of project and the location.

It is important to liaise with the community before the project begins and to keep residents and businesses up to date with progress.

Researching the area before work begins can be beneficial to understand local needs, as can gathering feedback from the public, to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

Below are examples of how one site was aware of the university location and contributed to the local area:

  • A ‘project charter’ was in place, which was constantly being updated with the client;
  • As this project was based at a university, a labourer organised a book club to include the university;
  • The media department carried out filming of a safety video for the site and students;
  • The contractor permitted use of the compound for a music festival and provided help with security two years running;
  • University students were actively encouraged to give their feedback and opinion of works.

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Second visit Monitor Report, University of Hertfordshire, June 2014

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