The Linden Homes Foundation is celebrating three years since it was launched as a community initiative to spread the local benefits of housebuilding beyond the construction site.
The Foundation was set up by Guildford-based Linden Homes in June 2012 to unite the company’s involvement with local neighbourhoods and to show the real-life benefits of housebuilding worth tens of thousands of pounds in fundraising and hours of time.
Regional highlights have included shifting a sales and marketing suite from Gresham Mill, in old Woking, 40 miles to Graylingwell Park, Chichester, where it has become The Lodge – an Ofsted-approved community centre.
The Lodge will ultimately house a pre-school, community groups and events, and other activities including yoga and dance classes, as well as being available for private hire.
And nearly £3,400 was raised from an annual raffle and auction for Linden Homes Guildford’s charities of the year: the Royal Marsden, a specialist cancer treatment hospital in London, and the Emily Ash Trust, which works to improve the lives of children and young people suffering with cancer.
An online archive – lindenhomes.co.uk/foundation – now contains more than 570 individual examples from around the company’s regions showing the positive effect on people, communities and the environment.
Peter Youll, Linden Homes Guildford managing director, said: “Marking three years of the Linden Homes Foundation gives us the opportunity to look back at what a positive impact it has had for local people around the country.
“As a result of The Linden Homes Foundation, communities have enjoyed the benefit of extra investment, support and our expertise. Groups who often get overlooked have found in us the little extra help they needed to make a big difference locally.
“Our efforts towards ever greater sustainability have been recognised and our credentials are strong. But we are always striving to be better as a business and as a neighbour to the communities where we build.”
The Foundation was one of the factors which this year helped Linden Homes gain recognition among the top performers in Next Generation – a national benchmark which puts the spotlight on housebuilders for their sustainability.
Next Generation looks at the UK's 25 largest companies and assesses them on a wide range of 130 different criteria. Linden Homes picked up a silver medal for scoring above the 70 per cent mark.
Next Generation is a membership based benchmark, consisting of many of the UK’s largest homebuilders, overseen by a high-level executive committee, the Homes and Communities Agency and UK Green Building Council.
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25 August 2015
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