PRIORITISING SOCIAL VALUE
We’ve been proud to leave positive legacies in the communities in which we work since day one and delivering ‘social value’ is inherent in the Winvic way ethos. We contribute to meeting communities’ economic, environmental and social wellbeing needs in a variety of ways, from local employment and buying materials locally to partnering with community groups and promoting green and sustainable practices.
One example is the Mercia Park Employment Scheme and local Employment and Skills Partnership, which represents a pledge to ensure local job seekers, students and businesses can benefit from the construction of the 238-acre industrial park. During the construction period we will be working with client IM Properties and our subcontractors to explore job and training opportunities. Six local authority areas which surround the Leicestershire site are being targeted during construction and anyone who is looking for an opportunity and is local to Mercia Park can contact us.
At the Prologis Operations Centre (LOC) site in Solihull we are working closely with our suppliers to realise the greatest local support spend – using the resources of Social Enterprises where possible – and to ensure local employment opportunities are being maximised. We’re also assisting a number of nearby organisations with a variety of activities, which are making a real difference to local people. At The Barn, a food bank next to the site, we have replaced a timber decking walkway, repaired shelving and fencing and fixed a problem with their water supply as well as provided man-power and use of a fork lift to help with off-loading deliveries. At ‘The Sean McDermotts’ Gaelic Athletic Association, we’ve reinstated the dugouts, replaced the Perspex, and at Exiles Rugby Club we’ve donated road planings and supplied a digger so they can extend their car park and erect new lighting on their practice fields. A number of subcontractors are also supporting these types of activity and we couldn’t do so much if we didn’t work as one team.
CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS SCHEME HIGHLIGHTS
Unit 2, Bedford Link Logistics Park – 163,000 sq ft industrial warehouse
“The site attracted an excellent score in the Community and Environment sections with an exceptional mark being awarded to the Appearance, Safety and Workforce sections of the code. The close co-operation, information sharing and assistance which is shown by all stakeholders in completing the project is worthy of note. A pleasure to monitor a site which has produced an effective, safe, workforce and team in the ‘new normal’.”
URBN, Gateway Peterborough – 400,000 sq ft storage and distribution facility
“The manager along with his team support are displaying a very high level of dedication towards both their company and CCS responsibilities and this is enabling an excellent industry image to be displayed. Both the site approach and areas within the project are being maintained at the highest level. Environmental areas and initiatives again appear to be being maintained at an excellent level and the company’s ongoing commitment to introduce charging points and more environmentally efficient plant across their many developments is certainly to be commended.”
CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS SCHEME NATIONAL SITE AWARDS
In the 2020 CCS award ceremony we were delighted to scoop a silver honour for Garden Square at Rushden Lakes retail and leisure destination (The Crown Estate). We also were awarded two bronzes for BakeAway’s food manufacturing facility at Phoenix Park in Corby (Clowes Developments) and Coloplast’s industrial warehouse, the sixth unit we have constructed at Gateway Peterborough (Roxhill).
SUPPORTING THE CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS SCHEME
Growing New Skills
We were proud to attend the opening of Weddington Primary School’s new allotment space that we had created as part of our commitment to engaging with neighbouring communities. When we heard about the initiative in Nuneaton, nearby to the industrial scheme for IM Properties – Hinckley Park – it was clear we could help. With help from subcontractors Collins Earthworks, Keyline and AA Lamb, we cleared three lorry loads of waste, dug out the plot, installed 14 large raised beds, erected fencing and provided a shed; plus, Buildbase donated new tools for the children.
Being Sensitive to the Local Area
Sir Rowland Hill, inventor of the postage stamp, resided on Lionel Street Birmingham, where we are currently constructing a 14-storey Privately Rented Sector scheme, so we chose to display the exciting history of the site on the hoarding with a temporary plaque provided by the Birmingham Civic Society. In more practical terms, we’ve been liaising regularly with nearby University College Birmingham (UCB) to ensure disruption to students’ study is kept a minimum, and we also resurfaced UCB’s goods in delivery area and replaced the windows of a nearby office block that was being renovated.
Hollie Parkes, Year In Industry Student, Trainee Site Engineer
“One of the main jobs I have been undertaking whilst at Prologis LOC has been overseeing the construction of 600+ foundations. There are 35 foundation types on site, all of which have different depths, top of concrete level, types of mesh and bolt type required. It became challenging to remember the requirements for each foundation type but the solution I came up with was to spray the ground with all the information for each foundation as I was setting them out, to make it easier and faster for us to know what was required. I have become a lot more confident with my work and I feel very lucky to have been able to work at Winvic.”
Frank Hayes, Project Manager
“There are many aspects of project management that I truly love, but I’ll let you into a secret – I find much of my work in helping communities the most satisfying, and we have delivered that in abundance at the Prologis Operations Centre in Solihull, as well as prioritising local employment and spend. Winvic isn’t just keeping communities safe and mitigating inconveniences, it is benefiting and enhancing the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the communities in which it works. I can’t emphasise enough that the initiatives we get involved with really make a difference to people’s lives.”
I CONTACT US
Winvic Construction Ltd Brampton House, 19 Tenter Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6PZ
To discuss an upcoming project or requirements for any scheme please contact Danny Cross or Alice Skelton in our Business Development team on 01604 678 960 or at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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