Overview

Helical takes a strong interest in charitable, community and social issues. As a group, we recognise that the buildings that we own and develop have an impact on the local environment and the communities that live and work there and we believe that engagement with those communities is an important part of our activities. Community engagement is an on-going concern throughout the development process, from planning until development completion and operation.

Over the past year Helical has set up social media accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram in order to communicate more effectively with our tenants and other stakeholders. A quarterly online newsletter, City Life, has also been introduced which circulates articles on the Group’s projects, occupiers and contributing partners. These can all be accessed through the Helical website.

Objectives

  • We will implement considerate construction practices on all developments and refurbishments, including consulting with local communities and stakeholders on large schemes as part of the planning stages and throughout the construction process.
  • We aim to take part in numerous community initiatives and fundraising events, both as a company and as individuals.
  • We believe in the importance of providing education and experience opportunities for young people and is something we aim to continue doing in the years to come. Where feasible, we work with our contractors to run apprenticeships schemes for young people to learn practical skills on our construction sites, providing valuable experience in preparation for their futures.

ACTIVITIES IN THE YEAR

As part of our commitment to the regions in which we operate, we regularly support community initiatives. Some examples from the year to 31 March 2017 include: The Morgan Quarter, Cardiff, team worked with Cardiff Pride last summer to provide a hub for the LGBT community for a week in the run up to the Pride Festival. They have also been shortlisted for a Cardiff Life Award in the Property category; A number of charity fundraising events have been held at The Shepherds Building, London W14, over the last 12 months, many of which tie into high- profile national charity campaigns; At Churchgate & Lee House, Manchester, the team held several events for our tenants that have involved partnerships with local businesses, organisations and musicians.