Giving back more than just buildings

Social value has been at the core of Barnes Construction’s operations since 1978. Since the earliest days of the business, we have continuously honed our ethical and environmental practices, supporting our people and the communities in which we operate to grow and develop. Our aim is to leave a positive legacy where we have worked- not just through delivering exceptional buildings, but by unlocking long-term value for communities.

We understand that delivering tangible and measurable social value is of increasing importance to our clients. As part of our ongoing drive for excellence in this area, we have adopted Thrive software as a social value measurement tool. The software utilises the Impact Evaluation Standard (IES), a framework of 113 metrics and supporting guidance which has been developed by industry experts in accordance with the UK Government’s Green Book Guidance. The IES aligns directly to, and builds upon, the UK Government’s Social Value Model. This means that we can measure the value we deliver at both a project and company level.

Core to our business ethos are the many charities and good causes we support each year

We have always been passionate supporters of local charities and good causes. Each year, our employees vote for a ‘charity of the year’ which we support through donations, fundraising events, and pro-bono work.

In addition to this, we support other local causes through donations and fundraising activities, as well as practical support. Recent beneficiaries have included Ipswich Night Shelter, St Elizabeth Hospice, Fair Havens Hospice, Headway, Suffolk Mind, and Lighthouse Women’s Aid.

and training

It is vitally important that any investment in our communities is reciprocal through ensuring local people can benefit. From formal employment and skills plans at project level, through to long standing relationships with local educational and training institutions in Suffolk to identify opportunities to give back to the communities that we serve. With this in mind, we:

    • Target local spend through engaging with 40% of contract value spent with firms within 40 miles of site
      • Offer and co-ordinate apprenticeship opportunities
        • Provide local employment opportunities through engagement with jobcentres, TRAC and co-ordinating with our supply chain
          • Share CPD, Training and Best practice via project and framework forums in each of the industry sectors that we operate.

          Since the earliest days of Barnes Construction, we have proudly invested in our Management Trainee programme. Trainees are supported to gain experience in each of our professional disciplines whilst being supported through a fully-funded degree course. 60% of our current employees have been recruited through the scheme, most typically as school leavers from the local area.

          We engage with local schools to promote careers in construction, including attending careers fairs, hosting work experience students, and supporting the wider curriculum as appropriate.

          Our supply chain is a vital part of the Barnes Construction team. We take a proactive stance on engaging with SMEs, encouraging them to join our supply chain and supporting them with training and development as required. In addition to this, we play an active role in organisations which support the wider construction industry, such as the SJCC, CIOB and Interact.

          For the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham framework we have provided over 100 hours of work experience, creating two full time positions, four apprenticeships with local sub-contractors, and over 4000+ hours of student contact time for all of our LA Frameworks.

          “One of our strengths is our family ethos. We see the local communities where we work, live and socialise as central to our culture. The people that work at Barnes care about what they do, how they do it and how they are regarded by those they value”
          Mark Bailey, Divisional Director