OLD LIBRARY SITE: A TOP 10 OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS!

At Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), it’s our aim to maximise local economic and community benefits by leveraging our programme of development activity. Our most recent mixed-use development in the Heart of Slough includes 2 Marriott Hotels, 64 apartments (Novus Apartments) and retail on the ground floor. Besides a striking building we’ve provided a range of positive community benefits.

Here’s the top 10!

  1. A focus on local subcontractors – we’re committed to using the local supply chain wherever possible. Three of our subcontractors were based in Slough, while a further 13 were located within 25 miles of the site.
  2. Delivering over 9,000 hours of on the job training – during the construction stage we were able to provide 11 long-term apprenticeships and a further 16 short-term apprenticeship opportunities through our contractors, delivering 9,670 hours of on the job training.
  3. Offering a series of work experience placements – we were able to provide 14 separate work experience placements including longer-term summer undergraduate placements to opportunities for local BTEC Level 3 students from Langley College.
  4. Careers advice and guidance to over 1,800 students – through a range of proactive, information, advice and guidance activities, we reached out to 1,800 local students. Events included a Women in Industry speed networking event at Baylis Court School to hosting our own Site Safety Day for Langley College. We also participated in a virtual careers initiative, led by Learning to Work – which has just secured a highly coveted Queens’s Award for Voluntary Service.
  5. Keeping the pound local – local bakery Priestly Bakers, were appointed as the onsite caterers. The family run firm, based on the Slough Trading Estate, provided the construction site with a personal catering touch for breakfast, lunches and business meetings.
  6. Local jobs for local people – advertising locally we were able to appoint all 22 labourers’ jobs with Slough residents.
  7. Using our skills to help the neighbours – our construction team carried out a series of refurbishment works for Look Ahead, a charitable housing association, which supports thousands of people across London and the South East. We were also able to offer a work trial for a resident from the Look Out, which resulted in his full-time employment as a labourer.
  8. Home Slough – we stepped in to support a new initiative to bring art to Slough’s streets. Our hoarding was home for a creative 50ft mural created by artist Daryl Bennet in collaboration with young people in Slough.
  9. Over 1,000 volunteer hours delivered – collectively we have invested 1,294 volunteering hours throughout the lifetime of this project. We have supported many local, charitable fundraisers from participating in a local food bank appeal to donating sleeping bags to Slough’s homeless.
  10. New jobs in the Marriott hotels – Cycas, the hotel operator for the new Moxy and Residence Inn has demonstrated its commitment to local employment. Its positive recruitment drive within the town has already resulted in over 80% of Cycas hotel staff coming from Slough itself – with more job opportunities available.

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