A new head office building for Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of social housing.
To provide a great place to work which is designed to be inclusive and reflective of the company’s brand and values.
Through an OJEU process, we were chosen by Home Group as preferred developer to deliver a new headquarter building to encourage a collaborative, flexible and exciting work environment for their administrative and customer service staff, as well as creating commercial floorspace for SME’s looking for project accommodation. With a welcoming ground floor reception, open plan floorplates and the ground floor café creating a buzz throughout the working day, this new high quality building is one of a number of significant investments in this part of Newcastle.
We had a very productive day on 27 April when we were joined by our construction partner, BAM to deliver a volunteering day at West End Food Bank, one of the charities being supported as part of our Community Benefits Project. Helped too by colleagues from Ryder Architecture, we managed to paint ceilings, walls, doors, arcs and notice boards to really freshen up the space which is also used by local community groups for youth activities.
Watch as the delicate operation of dismantling the tower crane at Home Group’s new HQ is completed, achieving a major milestone in construction as we move into the final phase. Special thanks to Matt Beattie at BAM!
Working with Home Group, we are delighted that the once unusable place at Pendower has been turned into a fabulous community garden for residents in the west end of Newcastle to enjoy.
Launching with a festive celebration to mark the transformation of the once overgrown space, the Pendower Good Neighbour Project has been brought to life as part of the £100,000 commitment by us and our contractor partner, BAM providing an enjoyable and safe space for the local community.
Together with our construction partner, BAM, we are delighted to announce that community organisations across Newcastle are now able to carry out much needed work as we make available a £100,000 community benefit fund as part of our involvement in the city’s latest head office development.
Seven community groups will receive money and help in kind to deliver projects that until now have been out of reach, and the first one to get underway is the Pendower Good Neighbour Project who have received support to transform overgrown garden space on the estate into a green space that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors.
Other projects to follow over the next several months include those for The Mercy Hub, Northbourne Youth Initiative, West End Women and Girls Centre, Building Futures East, West End Foodbank and The People’s Kitchen.
Great progress is being made at Home Group’s new HQ office as the steel frame has now completed.
With a build programme expected to support an estimated 400 construction and supply chain jobs throughout the project, this really is a boost to the local economy.
When it’s completed next year, One Strawberry Lane will be the smartest building in the region having committed to achieving a SmartScore certification.
The accreditation is the highest possible rating a building can achieve and to date less than 100 worldwide have gone through or are going through the process.
SmartScore signifies best in class in smart buildings, which deliver an exceptional user experience, drive cost efficiency, meet high standards of sustainability and are fully future proof.
This new certification sits alongside the building’s WiredScore certification, which certifies and improves digital connectivity, and One Strawberry Lane has already achieved the highest WiredScore rating of Platinum.