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House builders across the UK are supporting a raft of local initiatives

Art of the matter

Galliard Homes has donated use of a warehouse complex in Essex as an emergency storage depot for essential food and medical supplies. The house builder has also given PPE to Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Haven House Children’s Hospice, STOLL Foundation Charity, Chess Homeless Charity and to Southwark Council. An NHS mural at The Stage development in Shoreditch, above, was created in collaboration with Global Street Art.

Homes for the homeless

The Hill Group’s Foundation 200 initiative pledges to build and donate 200 homes to homeless people over five years at an estimated cost of over £12million. Each modular, energy-efficient property is designed for one occupant and has a fully fitted kitchen, living/dining area, a bathroom with shower and a bedroom with built-in storage, and will be delivered fully furnished. Homes will be located across the country with no more than eight on one site, and Hill hopes that the first will be ready this summer.

Help for charities

Savills, Helical, Knight Frank, Landsec and M&G plc — all partners of property-industry charity LandAid — have contributed a total of around £500,000 to the Land Aid COVID-19 Emergency Fund, set up to support homeless young people. In addition, Savills is donating over £800,000 to nominated charities across the UK, including those directly relating to NHS projects for both frontline workers, as well as those impacted by the virus.

Star turn

Strawberry Star Group, which has developments in Luton, Wandsworth and Harlow, has donated 800 N90-quality protective masks to NHS West Essex and to a number of residential care homes across Newham and Havering.

One in a million

Countryside has set up a £1m fund to support local charities and groups, food banks and others providing essential local services in locations where it operates across the country. The fund has contributed over £350,000, including £18,860 for the Lighthouse Club Charity, aiding construction workers and their families. It has also donated £25,000 to Great Places Housing Group to support communities in the North West and Yorkshire, and £20,000 to Golding Homes in the South East, and to food banks.

White idea

Barratt Developments has donated 400 defibrillators worth £300,000 to St John Ambulance, and £100,000 to the NHS Charities Together appeal, which supports 250 NHS charities helping staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. Every Thursday, Barratt Homes illuminates the White Building in Basingstoke in blue, above, as part of the Clap For Our Carers campaign.

From show homes to free food boxes

Through CBRE and Do Something Good, Ballymore has offered many properties to the NHS, including a car park in Ladbroke Grove, show apartments in New Providence Wharf and Ontario Tower and office space in Embassy Gardens. Restaurants at Embassy Gardens and The Brentford Project have also become community shops. The developer has additionally delivered over 350 free food boxes to NHS staff living in its London schemes.