New Beginnings: Working with the Community to Add Social Value
To ‘Build Back Better’ does not simply mean to build more homes to an improved standard, but to ensure the longevity of the communities they impact for future generations to enjoy. The way housing developments interact with the environment around them is now very much a careful consideration the construction industry is obliged to take.
From the offset, our partnership work with Lane Ends social enterprise scheme, New Beginnings, recognised a range of key initiatives that would positively impact the surrounding area of Offerton and those that live within it. To date, £5,391 has been donated to charities, NFP and community organisations and as work on site progresses, so has the responsibility to engage with residents on what is important to them and how our presence can add value to their lives.
We believe that all buildings, infrastructure and open spaces should support a sense of belonging and community. The scheme is proud to have offered 9 apprenticeships through the project as well as supporting 43 local people into employment - having direct involvement for the duration of the development.
Additionally, 10 women have also played a big part in various roles on site, helping to steer a positive narrative towards career opportunities for women in construction.
Road Naming Competition
The roads which make up the development have been carefully named by local school children - future-proofing their footprint on the local area. A pupil from Banks Lane Primary School, just a few minutes' walk from the site, landed first prize for her imaginative entry of ‘Hattersby Lane’ - a combination of the traditional hat making industry and the factory's previous owners name, Battersby.
To date, 5,260 students have been supported through New Beginnings schools and educational program, empowering the next generation to adopt and enhance their community for years to come.
Lane End, in conjunction with Viaduct Housing Partnership, identified Stockport Lads Club as an integral component of the local community, which facilitates year-round recreational opportunities for young people to help them to reach their full potential. A fully funded makeover will see the club become a bright, modern space for young and old to enjoy for years to come. Just a three-minute walk from the Battersby Hat Factory Development, it is the perfect investment.
The social value schemes led by Lane End New Beginning’s has shown that Immediate communities are going to play an even more significant role in our lives. If you would like to find out more about the Battersby Hat Factory development or any of the information within this blog, contact us today.