Giving back to communities in Neighbourhood Week
Morgan Sindall Construction’s Northern Home Counties office has been helping a number of communities across the region as part of Neighbourhood Week, the region’s annual charity initiative.
Volunteers from project teams and their supply chains across the region dedicated 912 hours of their time to help on a range of programmes, from a garden makeover for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore to decorating an air cadet facility in High Wycombe.
In Welwyn Garden City, the office team were at The Meadows, a short-break centre for adults with learning difficulties, installing vegetable and herb gardens, a new water feature, disabled access to a pergola, and wildlife boxes to attract nature into the garden.
The centre is part of Jubilee House Care Trust, a Welwyn based charity that has, for over 40 years, provided much-needed support for children and adults living with learning and other disabilities.
The project team at Goldington Academy, Bedford, gave the school’s sanctuary garden a re-vamp by building a greenhouse, replacing the shed and planting various plants, flowers and fruit trees. General maintenance of the garden was undertaken as well, such as weeding and lopping overgrown trees.
The sanctuary garden, which is primarily used by the school’s SEN pupils, is an important part of the school and acts as a fun educational tool that allows the children to explore and learn about their senses within a nature setting.
In St Albans, Morgan Sindall Construction helped plant seeds, build a storage box and build a new path for FoodSmiles, a community allotment that helps to bring local residents together and provides free fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables for anyone who wants them.
David Rowsell, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “Neighbourhood Week is a fantastic opportunity for Morgan Sindall Construction to give back to the communities at the heart of where we work.
“It was a delight to see the 80 volunteers from all over the region lend their time to the initiative, and we are grateful for the close, ongoing support of our supply chain.
“Every one of the charities and organisations we have helped over the week do outstanding work to improve and enrich the lives of the people in their local areas and we are very proud to have delivered so many projects.”
Jon Pratten, CEO at Jubilee House, said: “The time and equipment donated by Morgan Sindall Construction will have a huge positive impact for the people we support and care for at The Meadows. This is a major part of a larger programme we are trying to complete across our other services. On behalf of everyone at Jubilee House we really appreciate all the hard work and support from the Morgan Sindall Construction team.”
Morgan Sindall Construction is delivering a number of key projects across the region. In St Albans, the company has been appointed as preferred bidder to deliver a major regeneration project in the heart of the city centre. Following its selection via the Pagabo construction framework, Morgan Sindall Construction is due to deliver the £60m development for St Albans and District City Council. The project will see the former police station, an NHS clinic and parts of the St Albans civic centre demolished and redeveloped with new homes, shops and restaurants.