Communities

Communities

We’re 100% committed to contributing to local community growth, to improving the lives of thousands of residents and businesses and helping our clients achieve their community action plans.

We’re getting behind Councils’ social value strategies by working with preferred local supply chain partners, recruiting local people and using working practices that minimise the negative impact of our work on local environments.

We are proud that:

  • 82% of our people are local employees. We help to develop their skills and expertise to then be put back into the community.
  • One of our core values is to ‘create a place to work where there are fairness and opportunity for everyone’. We are committed to providing others with new opportunities through education, training and employment.
  • We champion a range of local community and neighbourhood initiatives across Boroughs. Including, sharing our cycle and road safety knowledge, organising rubbish clean-ups and providing volunteer drivers for local care home residents’ days out.
Cooks Spinney Supercar

Supercar helps pupils focus on studies

There’s nothing like a supercar to inspire children to focus on their studies. Marlborough Highways were delighted to help pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, Essex, learn about car design and building their own models by supplying a Lamborghini for the day. Headteacher Neil Stirrat said: “To further inspire and enthuse the children in their car designs, the school were incredibly lucky to be able to welcome a very special visit of a real Lamborghini Huracan, kindly supplied for the day by Marlborough Highways. Chris Wood, Trainer at Marlborough Highways, showed endless enthusiasm and patience in answering the children’s questions and teaching them all about this super car. “The children had an incredible day. Each class got to spend time learning about this supercar and inspecting it, as well as listening to its roaring engine which caused squeals of delight and amazement. Amid the excitement, Chris was also able to give the children an insight into Marlborough Highways and our work on the highways throughout London and the home counties. Headteacher Neil Stirrat continues: “There was a constant stream of smiles and excitement from the children.” Marlborough are proud to support local communities and engage with schools in the boroughs where we work.

Marlborough Highways goes the extra mile for Place2Be

Marlborough Highways has donated over £1,000 to London based charity, Place2Be following a fitness challenge for employees called Match My Mile.  Employees at Marlborough took part in the two-week challenge to walk, run, cycle or row as many miles as possible and whatever was accumulated in miles, Marlborough then matched in pounds and donated to Place2Be.

Helping to capture Hackney’s Festive Spirit

Hackney’s festive lights switch on is usually a fun annual event for the community. This year, the council had to find another way to celebrate Chanukah, Christmas and Hackney’s community spirit which they did by releasing a seasonal film featuring a range of community contributors on YouTube. Marlborough Highways supported Hackney Council with the filming, helping them with the Christmas light switch on. Watch the film here:

Supporting local schools

Marlborough Highways are proud to support local schools with road safety initiatives. We recently installed a road layout at Widford Lodge Preparatory School which included a mini roundabout and zebra crossing, to help the children learn more about road safety in the playground. The new markings have been a huge hit with the children and teachers. Watch our latest video which explains how this new, fun, and educational playground has transformed the schools ‘EYFS Garden’. 

Havering Show 2019

Marlborough sponsored the Community Stage at the 2019 Havering Show over the August Bank Holiday Weekend as part of our partnership with Havering Council. Marlborough had a large stand at the four day show, offering free cycle safety demonstrations, a free play area for children plus some guidance on how to report a potholes in the Havering borough.

Christmas Lighting for the London Fire Brigade

Marlborough sponsored the Community Stage at the 2019 Havering Show over the August Bank Holiday Weekend as part of our partnership with Havering Council. Marlborough had a large stand at the four day show, offering free cycle safety demonstrations, a free play area for children plus some guidance on how to report potholes in the Havering borough.

Social Distancing for Schools

Marlborough ran a social media campaign through Facebook offering schools free 2-metre social distancing markings for their entrances and play areas to help during the Coronavirus pandemic. We randomly selected 14 schools, applying a variety of temporary markings. Some schools wanted 5 or 6 markings while others wanted over 20! It was great to be able to help the schools and we received a lot of positive feedback. “Just to say a big thank you for the markings we had done this morning. Also to say how great Ryan was who did the markings.” Assistant Head Teacher, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. “Markings have all been completed here at Bournes Green Junior School. I would like to thank you again for your generosity during this time. It is appreciated!” Headteacher, Bournes Green Junior School.

Rainbow Southend Hospital

A giant rainbow was installed outside Southend Hospital to say thank you to local nurses. The rainbow, which is three metres wide and 3.5 metres high, is intended as a message of thanks from the local community to nurses and other hospital staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marlborough Highways was delighted to be able to support their supply chain partner Essex Mobile Welding who led the project. Phil Clarke, Project Manager at Marlborough Highways, said: “We are really pleased to see the rainbow installed and in such a prominent position, at the front of the hospital. It has been a pleasure to support Essex Mobile Welding in their rainbow vision, by installing the foundations and arranging for the permission to install the structure with the hospital.”

Ekro Whitecaps Sponsorship

EKCO Whitecaps Lions are part of the South East Essex Primary League, a successful football community playing organised small sided football each weekend. The club had managed to fundraise £400 over the summer but still needed additional funding to help pay for their new kit. Dave Parker, Marlborough’s Machine Surfacing Vice Foreman, applied for Marlborough’s 50/50 Sponsorship available for all employees. EKCO Whitecaps received £400 to match what they had already raised.

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