The volunteers built new planters, provided new greenery and garden furniture to provide an outdoor space that will allow the local community to enjoy a pleasant environment to spend time in.

Delivering impactful local social value is at the heart of business practice in the construction sector, and through the Gascoigne estate regeneration scheme, national contractors Willmott Dixon and Wates Residential, which is part of the Wates Group, have joined forces to breathe new life into the gardens at Barking Learning Centre.

Working with Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, the companies are regenerating the east and west side of the Gascoigne estate, a development that will provide over 1000 new homes for local people, including many affordable schemes. As part of their bid to leave a legacy within the local community, volunteers from the two organisations have set to work at Barking Learning Centre, delivering a full makeover of the centre’s gardens.

Working together, the volunteers built new planters for the area out of disused scaffolding boards, provided new greenery and garden furniture to provide an outdoor space that will allow the local community to enjoy a pleasant environment to spend time in.

Natalie Sidey, Social Value Manager at Willmott Dixon said,

“It was fantastic to collaborate with Wates to deliver a much-needed makeover at this important facility, which is at the heart of the local community. By working together as one team across the two organisations, we have been able to have even more of an impact on improving surroundings for the local communities in which we are working within.”

Michelle McSorley, Community Investment Team Manager, Wates Residential, said:

“Green spaces can provide huge benefits to people, especially in built up areas. Wates Residential is always looking at how we can positively impact the communities where we operate, and by teaming up with Willmott Dixon we have been able to bring our skills and resources together to make a big improvement to this space, which will benefit the people living here, hopefully for years to come.”

Heather Pope from the Barking Learning Centre said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Wates and Willmott Dixon, for the wonderful transformation of the BLC secret garden. This space will make a huge difference to our community and especially the children that visit us. We are excited to welcome people into this fantastic garden.
“A project like this demonstrates what amazing results can be achieved, when people collaborate and work together with the same vision. It’s great to see that these companies truly live out their values of creating lasting legacies.”

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