4D’s role in – and potential impact upon – the communities in which it operates has always been of prime importance. The JV and its staff have actively participated in a wide-range of community- and charity-related activities across the region, from school speaker programmes to long-term corporate sponsorship.
Our take on community involvement is about early engagement, taking time to explain what is happening, and why. It’s also about taking feedback, altering work programmes to fit local constraints, and giving regular – and honest – feedback.
Upon the completion of each of our construction projects, community satisfaction surveys were distributed to local residents to understand how we did. Every completed questionnaire returned to us would result in 4D making a donation to a nominated local charity.
Our average satisfaction rating? Over 92%.
But as well as the here-and-now, it’s also about the future – leaving a positive legacy beyond just new infrastructure is part of our work. For instance, our work to help attract the talent of the future into engineering and construction has seen over 140 school speaker visits and 360 work-experience placements provided by 4D. At the same time, over 170 graduates and apprentices have started their careers with us in the last 10 years.
In ten years, 4D and its staff has donated over £500,000 to more than 130 charities and deserving causes. Whether as a long-term Principal Sponsor of Southern Water’s flagship ‘Learn to Swim’ programme, or participating annually in the ‘Movember’ challenge, charitable giving has always been important to us and our staff.
4D has built a strong relationship with the Chestnut Tree House, a hospice providing palliative care for children and young adults with progressive life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, located in Arundel, West Sussex.
In 2013, 4D and its staff were honoured to be recognised as Chestnut Tree House’s Outstanding Corporate Sponsor.