HA Civils – Working together to achieve a greater outcome

We have benefited from working with Huyton Asphalt Civils based in Prescot in Liverpool who provide civil engineering and infrastructure services for a number of years. They have always provided a great service and created a safe working environment but we knew they could do so much more.

In 2019 we evaluated all of our North West Supply Chain, reviewing companies such as HA Civils on their social value contribution by asking questions on 9 key areas including apprentices, local labour and local employment and enquiring on their initiative that supports their employees and the communities.

We are delighted to announce that HA Civils achieved a GOLD rating by demonstrating their commitment to the community and their employees. They were 1 of only 4 companies to achieve this.

They have challenged the perception that creating social value is too expensive, complex and difficult. By working together and understanding the benefits that they can bring to the community we identified available existing resources and through some creative thinking we have seen fantastic examples of their commitment to social value.

During Road Safety Week they helped Kier deliver road safety sessions to three local primary schools by taking their tipper truck and allowing the children to see the visibility in the cab and understanding the risk through assembly talks. This underpins their long-term support for the local road safety charity “Slow down for Bobby”.

Their innovative approach was also recognised by the Kier SHEA team who awarded them a blue innovation award for their approach to traffic management & vulnerable road users at our Monksdown Primary School project. They won the award for helping to adopt the lollipop sign to help at the school.

They have created wonderful sandy play areas for children in primary schools and they also created an interactive learning experience for the whole year at a secondary school. The pupils used a CAT scanner to find hidden cables in sand and measure distances using a wheel and they are now looking to replicate similar support to a local school in Fazakerley.

Social value reaches right to the top with Managing Director, James Blennerhassett, taking part in the Whitechapel fundraising event where he slept under the stars to support the homeless raising the largest donation of the event of over £5k. They have also collected and distributed food for the local foodbank and they were also a key supporter of the Boots on for Building Campaign in the North West where over £16k was raised for End Youth Homelessness and other homeless charities.

They have had various professionals attending local career events to explain their career journey and they also have a prosperous apprentice programme to encourage a diverse pool of people into construction and have provided work experience opportunities to the most vulnerable in our society.

Well done HA Civils – a great job and looking forward to this year’s submission which will hopefully achieve a Platinum rating.

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