Community Involvement

Buxton in Bloom

Pochin’s donated 6m³ of top-soil to Dove Holes Primary School to help them with their new gardening project.  Not satisfied with just donating the top soil, the team also raised money to purchase wheel-barrows and gardening tools for the pupils to start them off in style.  The site team gave up some of their valuable time to help the ‘Volunteer Grandad Gardener’ (who was co-ordinating the scheme for the pupils) structure the beds out of nice half round wooden posts and transfer all the soil into the raised beds so it was in keeping with the church gardens.

Careers in Construction

The project team established a good relationship with Buxton Community High School throughout the 9-month building programme and were involved with delivering an exciting education and training programme to year 10 and 11 students studying toward their Diploma in Construction. The programme involved a series of in-classroom construction workshops, careers in construction workshops, safety training seminars and safety inductions, site visits and on-site work experience placements.

Wildlife Planting Programme

The production facility is built on a greenfield site therefore it is important that the landscaping around the building remained within keeping of its environment. The landscaping was designed to incorporate a natural soak-away pond, wild flower gardens and dry stone walls offering a natural habitat for the indigenous wildlife. Pochin’s and the client (Nestle Waters) worked closely with the Wildlife Trust to ensure the right environment was created for birds, bees, butterflies and voles. To encourage a true community feel from the onset we invited the students from the University of Derby, attending the ‘Learning for Living and Work’ course, to help out with the planting programme. The two teams from the University of Derby braved the cold, wet and high winds to fulfil part of their required voluntary working commitment.

Brass Band Hall

Keen to leave a lasting legacy in the local community the client Nestle identified a run-down hall which was occupied by the local brass band.  The hall was used for rehearsal, teaching music to children and the occasional social group. Due to the state of the hall it was no longer fit-for-purpose and the band was struggling to find the funds to invest in the much needed renovations.  The client kindly donated enough money to the band’s charity to pay for a replacement roof which was leaking and damaging the interior of the building.  All other internal renovation works and materials were donated by the various subcontractors on the project as they completed their part of the main contract on Waterswallows Lane. This included; ceiling, lighting and electrical works, plastering, relaying the floor installation of a new bathroom and internal decoration.

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