Edward Street Quarter delivers more than £15m of local benefits
Edward Street Quarter has delivered £15.2m worth of social and economic benefits to Brighton & Hove since construction began in 2019.
Developers Socius and builders McLaren have worked closely to deliver an ongoing social value action plan, which focuses on delivering local employment and training opportunities and community support.
This has included spending nearly £12m with local companies, as well as support for neighbouring schools and community projects.
Brighton’s newest neighbourhood Edward Street Quarter employs the full time equivalent of 87 local people on annual contracts at the £140m redevelopment of the site.
In total 125 young people have been provided with mentoring and careers advice and 100 local people have had the chance to attend industry accredited training courses.
And ten apprenticeships have been delivered in drylining, bricklaying, site management, plumbing, carpentry, civil engineering and training to be an electrician.
Training has also been provided in areas including plant and logistics, for example leading to five local people receiving harness and working at height accreditation, while a further four local people have qualified as hoist passenger and goods operators.
Site supervision was another area where local people received training, with three local people working towards NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision, while five local people are working towards NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management.
Upskilling has also been a focus with eight people currently being upskilled in bricklaying to NVQ Level 2 and 12 people receiving training in bricklaying to NVQ Level 3.
Steve Eccles, Director at Socius, said:
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