“Locals can’t believe how transparent Anderson have been. They’re totally open book. You can speak to the Group Managing Director should you want to.”Jon Stoddart, Director, CBRE
In addition to building new communities through our housebuilding endeavours, at Anderson we work with community groups, residents and local authorities to ensure our developments are realised through engagement, clarity and transparency.
Throughout the planning and development process, we host numerous consultation sessions with stakeholders so that they can play an integral part in the formulation of plans.
This ensures a shared vision for our developments, forged from conversations with those most closely associated.
We have a strong track record of not only meeting our community obligations, but frequently over-delivering on expectations – regardless of cost to ourselves.
“Not all areas of land are equal,” says Anderson Land and Planning Manager Tim Chilvers. “They all have a special meaning to the community in which they sit, and we at Anderson really understand that. It’s about putting yourself into the community’s shoes so you can bring forward a scheme that really reflects the wider area.”
What’s more, we run a year-round series of events and workshops in schools and colleges to stimulate interest in entering the construction industry.
Community engagement in education
Since 2018, we have staged more than 60 engagement events and have reached more than 10,000 students and a further 1,000 people not currently in education or training.
A lot of this work focuses on changing stereotypes within the sector to attract more women into the Built Environment.
Steve Hammond is a former regimental sergeant major who is now Training Manager for Anderson.
He said: “In order to recruit – and particularly to attract women – we have to change stereotypes which may seem like an insurmountable endeavour.
“But equality movements, organisations, schools and construction companies like ours have been working very hard at this and are starting to make headway.
“We work very closely with schools so young women start to explore what is on offer within industry such as positions in design, architecture, project management and technology as well as groundwork and building.”
HR Manager Daryl Bellingham is also behind the push for school engagement.
She said: “Our focus has been on meeting with – and working with – children as young as five as part of a programme designed to change mindset and plan for the future.
“Anderson takes school groups on site visits and visits schools with construction-based activities designed for the different key stages.
“This helps demonstrate that not only is construction for everyone, but there are a breadth of roles in our sector from bricklayers, groundworkers and plumbers to site managers, quantity surveyors and architects.”
Tim Chilvers, Anderson Land and Planning Manager.
At Anderson, we put ourselves into the community’s shoes so we can bring forward a scheme that really reflects the wider area. It’s vital we don’t just build new communities but integrate them with existing communities too.
Steve Hammond, Training Manager for Anderson.
The onus is on us to make the industry modern, attractive and rewarding – for women as well as men – so we engage with schools so young people start to explore what is on offer within industry.
Daryl Bellingham, HR Manager at Anderson.
Our focus has been on meeting with – and working with – children as young as five as part of a programme designed to change mindset and plan for the future. This is all part of our community engagement focus.