Higgins Construction has been shortlisted in two categories for the southern region in this year’s TPAS awards. The company is just one of four other organisations to be nominated for Excellence in Employment, Skills and Training – Contractor award and one of five in the Excellence in Contractor Engagement for Kings Crescent Estate in London Borough of Hackney.
The TPAS awards showcase the compelling and inspirational success stories of tenants, landlords and contractors working together and celebrate the people, ideas and organisations that shape the tenant involvement work of tomorrow.
Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins Construction comments, “We are delighted to be shortlisted yet again for two categories at this year’s awards. These awards are extremely important to us as they allow us to demonstrate the commitment we have made to the community at Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney to provide employment skills, training and job opportunities as well as contractor and community engagement throughout our time on site.”
After nearly 36 months of site, Higgins has invested over £500,000 on a contract worth £65 million, employed 28% local labour, delivered 26 apprentices, completed 19 apprenticeships and 31 people have entered sustainable employment.
Jeff Joseph, Community Investment Manager for Higgins Construction continues, “From the start, we had to gain trust with all stakeholders and eliminate the mentality of ‘them’ and ‘us’. To overcome language barriers, we sponsored ESOL classes to help those whose first language was not English to learn it and access opportunities. We also worked closely with Kings Crescent Residents Group on all aspects of construction processes and housing issues.
“We have genuinely made a difference to people’s lives who live on the estate and found career paths for those who were labelled unemployable. We have also provided similar platforms for ex-offenders, those low in confidence and management trainees.”
Higgins was appointed by Hackney Council for the first phase of Kings Crescent Estate in London Borough of Hackney to develop 273 new build properties and external refurbishment works to a further 101 homes. The regeneration project is increasing the number of council homes for social rent from 195 to 275, renovating 101 existing homes to beyond the Decent Homes standard, as well as 115 new homes for shared ownership and 376 homes for private sale to help pay for all the works in the absence of government funding.