Community Initiatives for Training and Local Employment
At HPR, we understand the importance of building long term relationships and partnerships with the communities that we operate in. We work alongside our clients and our suppliers, to bring about positive change for a wide range of stakeholders through various community initiatives. We have worked closely with The Church's Conservation Trust, to provide more apprenticeship opportunities to local young adults in Sunderland. Additionally, we collaborate with local agencies, offering work experience to teenagers that may be struggling to find a role; with the potential for future qualifications and full time employment at HPR.
The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle
As conservation specialists, we take pride in restoring the rich heritage and listed buildings found throughout Britain. At the Grade I listed Newcastle Cathedral, our site operatives have worked closely with an archaeologist to revive the historic fabric of the building and its churchyard. We offered behind the scenes hard hat tours to the public and educational tours to archaeology students at local universities, as well as accommodating a news update on The Cathedral by the BBC. The work is expected to create 7 new jobs, 100 new volunteer opportunities and attract over 100,000 visitors every year to the city.
Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland Initiatives
Our work on Seaton Delaval Hall was part of the largest National Trust Project in the United Kingdom throughout 2019 and 2020. At the request of The National Trust, the site remained open to the public for two days a week, where our operatives often answered questions from visitors about the work we were completing. We offered heritage skills days on site, to showcase the work of our skilled employees and encourage interest in vital trades such as stonemasonry and carpentry.