Find out about the community investment initiatives that our contractors have undertaken in the City of Westminster.
Hallfield Primary School, Bayswater
Costain Skanska Joint Venture, constructing the new Crossrail station at Paddington, have committed to carrying out a number of community investment activities over the duration of their contract.
In April 2012 Costain Skanska staff began volunteering at Hallfield Primary School in Bayswater with the support of Paddington Waterside Partnership. Over this time they have committed over 250 hours of support to help develop pupils reading skills, a science club to encourage young people into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and redecorating school facilities.
Pupils from the school are from a range of different backgrounds, many of which have English as a second language and are eligible for free school means. Supporting pupils through one to one reading mentoring provides many benefits to young people, including developing accuracy and word recognition skills two of the components of reading fluency. The contractor has further supported the school through an engaging and hands on Science Club which is designed and delivered by volunteers as well as the redecoration of the schools bathrooms, a team of 30 volunteers redecorated four of the school’s bathrooms over a period of two days.
Kay Buxton, Chief Executive of the Paddington Waterside Partnership, said of the scheme: "Costain Skanska has really bitten the bullet at Paddington, rolling up their sleeves and getting involved with the local community at a number of different levels. Costain Skanska will be on board for seven years in Paddington, and we’re delighted that the team has already made such a difference in just a few months.”
The Connection At St. Martin-In-The-Fields, Charing Cross
Costain Skanska Joint Venture, who are carrying out piling works for the new Bond Street station (to prepare for the main station works) have donated one hundred staff hours preparing lunch for homeless people at The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-fields.
The Connection have a proven track record of making a real difference to the lives of homeless people and in reducing numbers of rough sleepers. Users of their services come from many different backgrounds: Some are fleeing conflict or domestic violence or may have suffered loss or a breakdown in their relationships. Others may have become institutionalised in the armed forces, the care system or psychiatric and prison services and find it difficult to live independently.
Costain Skanska also plan to make a donation towards advice sessions and computer classes for homeless people run at The Connection.
Visit The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-fields website for more information about the vital work it does.
Maida Hill Place, Harrow Road
A dedicated team of decorators, scaffolders and cleaners from Crossrail contractor Carillion spent more than five hundred hours helping complete the refurbishment of 2-4 Fernhead Road at Maida Hill Place, off the Harrow Road.
The building will be brought into use as a community hub, supporting Maida Hill Market (which operates daily) and a range of community initiatives such as training workshops and health and wellbeing classes.
Maida Hill Place has been a long-term priority for regeneration and Carillion’s work, in partnership with Westminster Artisans, has been widely praised.
Julie Bundy, Director of Westminster Artisans, said: "Carillion's help has been absolutely invaluable in getting our project on the road. Maida Hill Place is a social enterprise that we hope will help local residents and small businesses set up in a very deprived area of Westminster and Carillion came along to help us out at a time when we absolutely needed it."
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Road
The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School in Westminster provides an excellent service to students from ages 5 – 19 with Special Educational Needs and physical disabilities.
Contractor BFK, a Joint Venture between Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier, worked to implement a programme of activity with the school that included a mixture of volunteers to landscape the grounds and to develop a vegetable garden where pupils will plant and grow produce to use in their cookery projects.
THE SOHO FESTIVAL AND THE SOHO FETE, SOHO
In addition to their initiatives in Westbourne Park and Royal Oak, BFK (a BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier joint venture) have been supporting community projects in Soho, where they are working on the new Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station tunnels and shafts.
Over a number of years they have supported the Soho Festival and the Soho Fete through donations, materials and power, helping the annual community celebrations to go ahead. Staff from BFK, and their sub-contractor Danny Sullivan & Sons Ltd., have also gaven up their time volunteering in various capacities to assist with the smooth running of these well loved community events.
Contractor BFK (a Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier joint venture) have been involved in numerous initiatives, demonstrating their strong commitment to grassroots community projects close to their worksites. In February 2013 they took their turn to host an ‘Evening of Friendship and Food Bringing Everyone Closer Together’ in Soho.
The EFFECT project, organised by local charity The West End Community Trust, brings together Soho residents and business aiming to strengthen relationships amongst Soho’s diverse community. Each event has a different cultural theme and the first two, hosted by members of Soho’s Bangladeshi and Chinese communities, proved a great success.
In February 2013 BFK laid on a Spanish-themed evening of food and entertainment. They enlisted Flamenco musicians and dancers and, alongside chefs from Westminster Kingsway College, prepared a menu that included paella, pollo al ajillo, salmorejo and sangria!
As part of the project, BFK also sponsored the production of “The Food Effect”, a book containing and celebrating the recipes used in the EFFECT project. The profits from the book will support the continued work of The West End Community Trust.
As part of “The Safer Soho Business Partnership” a partnership with the Metropolitan Police, Westminster City Council and other local businesses the emphasis of the scheme being to reduce crime by reporting directly to the police and alerting other local businesses to the incident.
Contractor BBMV (a joint venture between ALPINE BeMo Tunnelling, Balfour Beatty,
Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction) supported the programme with donations that enabled the scheme to purchase resources including radios for local businesses.
CITY SHOWCASE: SOHO FLEA MARKET
As part of their ongoing commitment to the Soho area and community led investment, contractor BFK (a Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier joint venture) supported the City Showcase: Soho Flea Market in 2013.
INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF ENGINEERS
Costain Skanska Joint Venture who are currently working on the Eastern Ticket Hall at Hanover Square have been working with Westminster Collage to encourage students into the world of engineering and construction.
The project is supported through site volunteers who regularly visit the college and deliver engaging presentations to young people. Those that are enthusiastic and wishing to find out more and then offered a mixture of work experience and mentoring.