Health and Safety
Our health and safety statistics for the past two financial years across our property portfolio are as follows:
For the year ended 31 March 2016 Helical delivered over 2.5 million man hours of construction, with no fatalities and only 13 RIDDOR reportable or lost time accidents.
Our Accident Frequency Rate has dropped from 1.26 to 0.90 for RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) reportable events, representing an improvement of 28%.
In line with changes to the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, during the year ended 31 March 2016 we have worked with our construction and delivery teams to introduce changes to health and safety management across all of our projects.
We have arranged for a guidance note to be provided to all our Project Directors and conducted refresher training for our development and property teams.
We worked to ensure that all our Principal Contractors have some occupational health provision, either through an occupational health nurse visiting sites on a regular basis or through occupational health initiatives.
We recognise that we have a responsibility to protect our employees’ health and wellbeing and in December 2016 we provided Health & Safety training to all staff at our head office.
The Health and Safety Committee meets at least annually to contribute to the provision by Helical plc of a safe and secure environment for work, to ensure that the company’s reputation is of the highest standing relative to its strategic intent. A copy of the latest minutes from this meeting can be found here.
We are currently undertaking an independent external review of our current policies and procedures. The key findings of the review will be presented to the Board and will be implementing revised policies during the year ending March 2017.
Community Investment & Engagement
Helical takes a strong interest in community issues. Community engagement is an on-going concern throughout the lifecycle of our properties, from planning until development completion and operation. As part of our commitment to the locations in which we operate, we regularly support community initiatives.
The following are examples of our approach:
- Community initiatives as part of developments
- Educational initiatives
- Repurposing vacant space
- Charitable giving
Community Initiatives as Part of Developments
Helical is a member of The Aldgate Partnership (TAP) formed in 2014 to help drive a positive agenda for change. Membership of the Group currently includes landowners, commercial occupiers, and developers. TAP works in partnership with its members to develop Aldgate as a ‘One location’, delivering a range of initiatives to support community development and build a premier business hub with high quality public realm and an environment that produces a safe, convenient and inspiring destination for all employees, residents and visitors.
Our Section 106 agreements also form part of our community investment and are a standard requirement of our developments.
Helical believes in encouraging and supporting people, particularly from underprivileged backgrounds entering the property and construction industry. Examples of initiatives undertaken by our construction partners on our development schemes include:
- Apprenticeships and work experience;
- Engaging with local schools including on site tours.
Repurposing Vacant Space
Helical strives to make good use of vacant space, engaging and supporting the local community wherever possible. As an example, at our site in Cardiff, vacant shop space has been donated to the following projects:
- Space was donated to a project known as “Trading Places” working with the University of South Wales and several six form colleges, introducing students to the world of business. Trading Places have been given use of space for a week each year for the last five years;
- A vacant shop was converted to exhibition space for “Artes Mundi” of the Cardiff Contemporary Arts Festival in 2013, 2014 and 2016;
- A vacant unit was used as an alternative venue for the Cardiff Comedy Festival in August 2015 and as a hub for Cardiff Pride in August 2016;
- The Hi Jinx Theatre Company was given space as their Hub in June / July 2015;
- In 2013, space was donated to The Cardiff Met (30 September – 5 October 2013), Cardiff Design Festival (1 – 7 October 2011), Carmarthen College Art Exhibition (4 – 18 August 2013), Cardiff Cycling Festival Hub (15 to 30 June 2013) and to the RIBA Design Exhibition (15 – 30 June 2013); and
- Space is also regularly donated to facilitate regular requests from both under graduates and post graduates to use the scheme for their project work.
We also work with our tenants in order to facilitate their engagement with their local community. At Churchgate and Lee House in Manchester, all of the tenants supported a scheme set up to donate Christmas presents to children in a local hospital.
In 2016 Helical staff raised funds for numerous Charities, most particularly LandAid, The Property Industry’s charity. LandAid works with young disadvantaged people in the UK who are living on the streets, or who are at severe risk of homelessness, to provide them with accommodation and training as well as working to tackle the root causes of homelessness. Seven members of Helical’s staff participated in the 10k LandAid Run and five employees took part in “LandAid Day” (touring around London raising over £17,000 in donations from local businesses). In 2016 one Helical staff member participated in the “Source to Sea”, a non-stop relay race from the Source of the River Thames in London to the Sea stretching 237 miles, averaging more than 33 miles per runner and raising over £9,000 for LandAid.
Helical has been a sponsor of the Property Race Day every year since it started in 2006 raising funds for LandAid, SOS Children’s Villages, Hope & Homes, Starlight, Daktari Bush School, Plan UK, Project Hope UK, The Children’s Trust, WellChild and Sebastian’s Action Trust.
Helical was a sponsor of the LandAid Debate in February 2016 attended by almost 300 members of the Property Industry and raising more than £44,000 for LandAid.
Helical are proud to sponsor Sociable Surveyors; the only established all-expenses paid, global internship scheme in the property industry opening up the industry to those who are unable to pursue unpaid work experience.
For the last 10 years Helical has run a work experience package comprising a two-day intensive introductory program into London Real Estate run by Helical’s Chief Executive with support from the senior members of the Property team. The package is available to 8-10 students studying either a BA or Masters in Real Estate or equivalent qualification.