Connecting with our Local Community at 4 Kingdom Street

By Basil Alani
Production Management Trainee with Wates Construction at 4 Kingdom Street

30 Jun 2017

I joined the 4 Kingdom Street team as a recent graduate. Two years on, I can’t believe how much we’ve done. The building looks fantastic – it’s going to be a great place for the people who’ll be based here. But what I’m particularly proud of is how much we got involved in the local community.

Community is something that Wates and British Land both put a lot of importance on. Over the last two years, the 4 Kingdom Street construction team has spent more than 740 hours on community projects, volunteering and fundraising to make a positive local difference.

Through the construction team’s annual Community Day, we redecorated and refurbished facilities for PIP, a local charity that helps local people with learning disabilities achieve their full potental. PIP learners also created the artwork for our construction hoarding, we welcomed PIP student Waiel on a work placement and we hosted a fundraising BBQ for PIP that attracted over 150 visitors from the local community and site team, with donations match funded by British Land. 

PIP is a longstanding community partner of British Land and Paddington Central, and it was great to have that to build on when we came to the area and started on the project. We’re talking with PIP about how we can continue to support them now that 4 Kingdom Street is complete.

In addition to our support for PIP, we’ve taken 30 Budding Brunels on special tours of 4 Kingdom Street, opening their eyes to career opportunities in the built environment, as part of British Land’s support for the Construction Youth Trust. 

Our team also painted railings for St Mary’s of the Angels Primary School in Paddington, mentored young people with The Prince’s Trust to support them into employment/education, and fundraised for a host of charities including The Prince’s Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation, mental health charity CALM, cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Asthma UK and other charities. Activities included cycle challenges, marathons and a football tournament.

4 Kingdom Street has been a great project to work on. It really shows how construction is about so much more than the building – it’s about the people, about caring for the local community and environment, and leaving a positive impact.

Sustainability at 4 Kingdom Street

  • BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating, as standard on British Land developments. 
  • Carbon filters that go beyond normal particulate filters to purify the air, quality CO2 sensors and smart ventilation that optimises fresh air based on the number of people in each area.
  • 152 cycle spaces, 80 lockers and 27 showers to support active commutes.
  • A living roof planted to encourage biodiversity. 
  • 216 energy meters feed in to a smart energy management system. 
  • Highly efficient Combined Heat and Power, cutting energy bills and carbon. 
  • 100% of electricity procured from certified renewable sources.
  • CIBSE TM54 energy modelling, so the building can be operated to its design potential.
  • Every lightbulb, toilet, tap and piece of equipment chosen for efficiency and performance.
  • Each piece of wood from well-managed forests, as certified by the FSC or PEFC.
  • All stone meets high standards for responsible sourcing.
  • 99% of construction waste diverted from landfill, with over 900 tonnes recycled or re-used.
  • 740 hours contributed by the construction team to community projects.
  • Over £40,000 fundraising for charity by the construction team.
  • 44/50 score on the Considerate Constructors scheme.
  • 42 apprentices earned while they learned on the construction.
  • 29% of construction site jobs went to people living within 25 miles and 16% within local postcodes.
  • 57% of construction site spend went to firms within 25 miles and 24% within local postcodes.

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