Since work began on the Edward Street Quarter site in November 2019, property developer First Base and main contractor, McLaren, have worked closely to deliver a social value plan, focusing on employment and training, including voluntary support services for the unemployed such as CV advice, mock interviews and career mentoring.
McLaren held a skills day for disadvantaged youths, for those looking to develop the confidence, skills and credentials needed to succeed in long-term employment in the construction industry. The company has also targeted local businesses to partner with through its supply chain, ensuring benefits to the local economy and the neighbourhood.
First Base has supported Brighton’s business community by providing expert business advice to SMEs, is sponsoring the annual Brighton Chamber summit and organising networking events.
Project director at First Base, Steve Eccles, said: “Edward Street Quarter is already adding significant value to the wider community. We now have several full-time employees from the immediate area working on-site, who were previously unemployed and a number of local young people are in training or on apprenticeship schemes with us.”
Edward Street Quarter is also supporting schools, charities, community groups and Brighton-based businesses, said Steve. It donated £2,000 to the Young City Reads campaign to buy books for nearby Carlton Hill Primary School and supported the Tarner Community Project by funding its annual Winter Warmer event, which cares for the needs of vulnerable local people.
When completed, Edward Street Quarter, the biggest office development in Brighton in more than 25 years, will deliver 110,000 sq ft of grade A office space, 39,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units and 168 new apartments.