Two Year Mark For Community Investment
29 April 2014
The Costain Skanska (CSJV) joint venture constructing the new Paddington Crossrail station has recently reached the two year point in its community investment programme.
The project team was asked by Crossrail to develop a programme of community outreach and investment opportunities for the entire project duration that would leave a lasting legacy in the local community.
Over the course of the two years, CSJV has worked closely work with local enterprises, charities and schools on various local projects with the overarching objective being to make a sustainable difference to the community they are working within.
“Sustainability is fundamentally important to our community investment programme, as our residence in the area is temporary, so whatever we choose to do needs to leave a lasting legacy.” said James York, Lead Community Relations Manager for the project.
By staying true to the sustainability objectives, the team have forged partnerships with a local school and homeless shelter to deliver value into the community. By working collaboratively with the Crossrail site team, over 500 hours have been donated to community projects.
Our work with Hallfield School has included over 200 hours of one-to-one support to the children. The team worked in partnership with the school to set up a science club, a first for the school and saw students conducting weekly experiments all linked to engineering principles and inspiring a new generation of engineers and construction workers.
The Paddington team also completed a decorating project at Hallfield School along with the re-development of a local nursery gardens. These investment opportunities were completed in partnership with Time for Paddington, a local organisation who specialise in matching corporations with charities and community organisations.