We believe that our activities should achieve positive outcomes for our clients and business partners, the community, and our employees. Our approach to generating social value is carefully linked with our approach to sustainability and focuses on the following themes.
We are committed to good design that maximises social benefits for the communities in which we work. We aim to create sustainable solutions from the outset, engaging with all stakeholders and driving social improvements including access, connectivity and transport, inclusion, health and wellbeing, amenity and biodiversity.
As UKGBC Members we are applying their Social Value Toolkit and Framework to ensure that we are both following best practice and can clearly define social value for our projects based on the impact of the projects on people.
We are also retained architects for Ronald McDonald House Charities [RMHC] who provide free family accommodation close to NHS hospitals. Our 16-year partnership with RMHC has resulted in Houses of 26 to 66 bedrooms built adjacent to hospitals throughout the UK.
We volunteer our time and skills to charities and community projects. We support similar minded organisations and individuals with direct sponsorship and financial contributions. Our Social Value Committee plans regular volunteer and fund-raising activities for various charities.
Our activities vary to promote diverse engagement from active volunteering days and challenges, to national campaigns such as Football Shirt Friday and Wear It Pink. We are also a longstanding supporter of the Ronald McDonald House [RMHC]. This support ranges from volunteering our time at the Manchester House, to fund-raising for the charity, to designing their new Houses across the UK.
We actively invest in the future of our industry with commitment of our time, energy and knowledge into the education of Architecture’s next generation.
Internally, we have a strong culture of continued learning and development including, mentoring, coaching and a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. View full details on our Careers page.
Elsewhere, we work with a range of partners to support careers initiatives in the built environment. These range from sponsoring a School via Class of Your Own’s ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ initiative, to hosting work experience candidates to attending careers events at local schools and universities.
As one team, we look after each other’s wellbeing. As a responsible and progressive employer, we offer a range of initiatives and support to our team to support their physical and mental wellbeing at work. View full details on our Careers page.
We are supporting members of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum and members of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter Supporters Network. We have achieved Investors in People [IIP] ‘We invest in wellbeing’ silver and are working towards gold accreditation.
We are at our best when we can bring our whole self to work. We value, celebrate and embrace our diverse workforce. We recognise that everyone’s needs are different and aim to respond accordingly, so that all employees and job applicants are given equal opportunity and that our organisation is representative of all sections of society.
We have a dedicated EDI group within the practice, are signatories to the RIBA Inclusion Charter and are developing a 3-year Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Action Plan. See full detail of our EDI approach on our Careers page.
As a business we endeavour to use a supply chain founded on small local business and SME’s, make decisions that are not solely based on price, pay all sub-consultants and suppliers within the agreed payment terms following receipt of invoice and encourage our clients to consider value based on factors beyond just cost.
When establishing Design Teams we look to work with local SMEs like ourselves where possible and commit to using local businesses and SMEs for requirements such as catering and photography.