We make a difference to society through the infrastructure that we build and the added social value that we create along the way.
Our teams take the time to learn about each community that we work within to ensure that we focus our efforts where they are needed the most. The social value that we deliver takes various forms - from working with local businesses, to creating local job and training opportunities, to working with social enterprises to repurpose site waste.
It has been ingrained in our approach for over 40 years, when we became one of the first construction companies to have both a graduate and an apprenticeship scheme. Now, with the help of our Social Value Calculator which is based on the National Themes, Outcomes and Measures we can focus our efforts even more to ensure that we deliver maximum benefit alongside all of our infrastructure projects.
Building a legacy
A project the scale of the M4 Junction 3-12 Motorway Upgrade had the potential to create a vast amount of value for local communities throughout its duration. The team has worked hard to harness this potential with a staggering £170M+ of social value having been created to date. Activities included working with local businesses, carrying out renewable investment, fundraising for charity and donating time, materials and expertise in community investment projects.
Supporting local charities
AFK – Working with Disability helps disabled children and young people live independent and fulfilling lives.
Supported by our EcoPark South team, the charity was awarded a VINCI UK Foundation grant to produce a collection of short films to inform and inspire young people with special educational needs, disabilities and autism on what they can achieve in the world of work. All films were produced by the charity’s trainees for their trainees and other young people and tell:
Sutharsan’s story: Finding freedom through travel training
Elijah’s story: Life and work sessions to build confidence for employment
Amy’s story: Work experience to build confidence for employment
Investing in the next generation
Whether it is arranging site visits, taking part in careers fairs or creating training opportunities, investing in the next generation is crucial to the continued success of our industry.
As part of their community investment, the HS2 Old Oak Common Station team provided Sparx Maths - an award-winning online Maths homework tool - to 18 secondary schools in London. It provides personalised maths homework for students and has been proven to increase students’ progress and improve grades.