Gleeds is a world class property and construction consultancy with 130 years’ experience. With such heritage comes great responsibility, and it is only through acting responsibly that we earn the trust of our clients and our people.
Our approach to corporate responsibility is based on four strands – our workplace, our environment, our communities and our marketplace.
Our people are our most valuable assets and we are committed to their wellbeing. Gleeds believes in the importance of a healthy work/life balance and encourage all our people to make time for the other important things in life. Training and development has always been a top priority and we continually invest in our people to give them the skills they need to be at the top of their game.
Gleeds recognises that all activities can impact on the environment both locally and globally and acknowledges the need for responsible action in this area. We are committed to minimising any adverse impact on the environment and seek to continuously improve our environmental performance. We aim to ensure all our people are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness in this area.
Working with the communities within which we operate is extremely important to Gleeds. It enables us to share the talent of our people with others, give and gain from work experience and help people develop to their full potential. As members of Business in the Community, Constructionline and The UK Green Building Council, we demonstrate a commitment to best practice business in our local communities, from Southampton to Shanghai, Manchester to Mumbai.
We believe that to be a responsible and sustainable business, collaboration is key. So whether it’s building a sustainable supply chain, providing pro bono services or helping a client achieve their charitable goals, our long term relationships and mutual respect help drive innovative solutions for the industry as a whole.
New Designers 2017
As part of this year’s New Designers exhibition, which is recognised as one of the most important design events in the UK, Gleeds sponsored an Associate Prize in support of emerging design talent and creativity. The award, which was judged by a Gleeds panel, entitled one designer to a cash prize to help support the development of their career, as well as work placement at Gleeds HQ to witness how design is applied within the construction industry.
After six hours of deliberation, Gleeds’ judges chose Brunel University’s Sophie Copley. Sophie’s project, Little Heroes, are clothing garments specifically designed for children who are in hospital in the form of their favourite superhero. The clothing is just as versatile and practical as adult’s hospital garments, but also features colour coordinated ties that make it easier for children, and parents, to dress before entering hospital or surgery.
Michelle Regent, Gleeds main board director and judge on the day, commented on the award: “Sophie's design of the Little Heroes hospital garments demonstrates a highly creative and commercially viable approach to a particular need: improving the patient experience and putting a smile on their faces. Above all Sophie showed true professionalism and personality - and a passion for her product.”
Well done Sophie!
Inspire US 2016 – an opportunity of a lifetime
As part of the Transformation Trust’s Inspire US 2016 campaign, Gleeds raised £13,326 to provide 20 sixth-form students from some of the UK’s most challenged schools with the opportunity of a lifetime: travelling to Florida to follow the 2016 presidential campaign. The trip, which was specifically designed for students who have a passion for politics, lasted 10 days and involved all elements of ‘grassroots’ political campaigning.
Based in Tampa, the Inspire US team engaged with both Republican and Democrat political campaign teams for the senate, congressional and presidential races. They learnt how technology plays a massive role in modern campaigning, about the importance of effective organisation and communication, as well as taking part in telephone campaigns. Many of the students agreed that the highlight of the trip was being given the opportunity to attend the Obama rally in Kissimmee, with Stevie Wonder as part of the President’s warm up act. Having stood in line for over four hours, the students were in prime position within the rally, and a couple of the students even had the chance to shake Obama’s hand.
The money was raised at Gleeds London Skyline: An Architect’s Perspective event in celebration of the company’s 130 year anniversary.
Some of the student’s feedback after the trip included:
“This programme has given me so much knowledge, experience, self-worth and experience. I genuinely had the most amazing time.”
“Inspire US has a place for everyone. It’s a safe place to find yourself and your values”.
Lea Bridge House – creating a new community space
Gleeds took on the challenge of redecorating the social areas at Lea Bridge House, a homeless hostel for 142 single people with low support needs in Walthamstow, London. In the space of 7 hours, a team of 15 volunteers used their creative skills and worked their magic to provide an inspiring and welcoming lounge and library for residents.
The revamped areas were revealed at the end of the day, and residents’ suggestions of weekly activities such as film and quiz nights were made within minutes seeing the new space. The new and improved rooms have quickly become the venue for a regular programme of events where residents come together and have fun in an open and welcoming environment.
Impact – The Nottingham Campaign
Gleeds supported the University of Nottingham’s Life Cycle 2 bike challenge, in order to raise funds for students who may not have otherwise considered higher education. The Gleeds Ambassador Sir Steve Redgrave hosted a black tie dinner, raising an additional £25,000 - increasing awareness and support for the campaign which provides education centres for youngsters.
Your colleagues are a pretty amazing and lovely bunch of people. The rooms are completely transformed - I have been going in and out all day just to take it all in. We still can’t quite believe the amount you managed to achieve in just one day. Corinna Singham, Paradigm Housing
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By working in partnership with Gleeds, we are able to support young people in the local communities and give them the opportunity to reach their academic potential. Without their support, these centres would not be possible. Kate Robertson, University of Nottingham