Making a positive difference in the communities we work is a vital part of our sustainability strategy. Our Community Investment Group supports our project teams in the delivery of local community engagement projects. Project manager Stephen O’Brien is dedicated to maintaining communications with neighbours and the surrounding community. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with Stephen, who is keen to help in any way he can. You can contact the team on email@example.com.
We’re also a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which has a Code of Considerate Practice designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.
This page provides a snapshot of activities we’ve been undertaking in the local community.
Monitoring our community activity
As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Initiative Morgan Sindall has signed up to a number of project specific Key Performance Indictors (KPIs). These include creating employment and training opportunities, engagement with local schools, colleges and universities, and supporting the local community.
Nicola Gooch is our dedicated Community Benefits Advisor and it is her task to work with the project team and the subcontractors to ensure that the KPIs are met by the end of the project.
Helping kids dress for success
We recently donated £600 worth of clothing to the Balornock Uniform Bank, which provides free uniforms to seven primary schools and one high school in the north of Glasgow.
The money was raised by the project paying a contribution for each Positive Intervention raised by staff or contractors on site. The total raised over a three month period was matched by a further donation from Morgan Sindall.
The image above shows Nicola Gooch (right), community benefits advisor to the Sighthill project, and Donna Henderson, founder of the bank. The project will also be donating a container to the uniform bank to assist with storage.
Putting money in the (baby) bank!
Our approach to safe working has helped to benefit a Glasgow baby charity.
Every time our team makes a ‘Positive Intervention’, highlighting good practice or issues on site, we’ll also make a monetary donation to a local good cause. The first to be confirmed is a local baby bank, called Glasgow’s No 1 Baby and Family Support Service. The charity received the money from Colin Cluer and Gary Ritchie (pictured).
Let the games begin!
The Sighthill Big Day Out event saw representatives from Glasgow City Council and Glasgow City Region City Deal, developers Keepmoat, GHA (Glasgow Housing Association) and Morgan Sindall attend the opening of a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) adjacent to our site. Morgan Sindall sponsored the barbecue and provided footballs and games for local children, which were enjoyed on the day. Morgan Sindall has also provided some gardening equipment and storage for the use of GHA residents who live adjacent to the site.
Glasgow City Council have produced a video of the opening.
ICE bridges for schools
Back in March some of the Sighthill engineers visited our local primary school, St Stephen’s, with the ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) Bridges to Schools event where the pupils build a bridge with the help of our engineers.
St Stephen’s School competition
Whilst most projects will hold a naming competition for their Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) we invited the primary school adjacent to the site to take part in an artwork competition, with the winners having their artwork displayed on the TBM.
The winners, one from each year, were invited to see the TBM when it arrived on site on 3 May, prior to it being lowered into a shaft to commence tunnelling for the provision of a new sewer tunnel.
Congratulations to all of the winning entrants!
Ajiy & Mohammed; Ivory & Layan; Kyle; Zihan; Chelsea; Zoe Xu; and Raven. The Morgan Sindall Staff are David Robertson, Senior General Foreman; and Martyn Kerr, sub-agent. Also pictured is Paul Cowie the site representative of the tunnelling contractors Active Tunnelling.
Kelvin College site visit
The site has hosted several visits from the students of the Civil Engineering HND course at Kelvin College. The photos illustrate the students looking down into one of the shafts for the new sewer. The route of the sewer is about to be dug out by the Tunnel Boring Machine that was welcomed to site by some of the pupils of St Stephen’s School.
In addition to working with the college, Morgan Sindall employs two apprentices who themselves are day release students of Kelvin College whilst working as Apprentice Engineers on site.
TIGERS in training
In conjunction with TIGERS (Training Initiatives Generating Effective Results Scotland) the project is hosting a group of 12 – 15 young people on an eight week training course with six weeks work experience. The young people will be carrying out all their training on site at our project offices in Sighthill and will gain various certificates including abrasive wheels and asbestos awareness. During the course they will also sit their CSCS card.
An initial event was hosted by the project on site on 25th May to engage with the young people and supporting organisations and to invite applications to the programme.
CCS site audit
The Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS) carried out an audit of the site at the end of last month which resulted in a ‘9 out of 10 / Exceptional’ rating for Respecting the Community, and an ‘excellent’ rating across all other sections of the audit.