Benefiting the communities in which our assets are located is the cornerstone of the stewardship of our estates
Capco continues to support a range of community events at Covent Garden and a number of employees volunteered to help run the events. In 2017 these included:
- a lunch for blind veterans, organised in association with the Blind Veterans Association and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation
- a Christmas lunch held at Little Italy restaurant in Soho for older local residents organised in association with the West End Community Association
- sponsorship of the Covent Garden Community Association Christmas Carol concert held in St. Paul’s Church
Earls Court community engagement includes regular community events at the Earls Court Project Room. Families are able to participate in a range of activities, view models and presentations on the Earls Court development and ask questions of Capco representatives. Activities in 2017 included bird-box making, a Lego construction site, a summer barbecue with live music and a Christmas open day with a wreath-making workshop.
Throughout 2017, we promoted a volunteering programme with Bishop Creighton House, a community-based charity in Earls Court working with disadvantaged people of all ages. A number of employees volunteered to spend time with elderly residents.
Capco continues to fund additional security for the Covent Garden estate following an increase in the national security threat level. This includes 24-hour monitoring of CCTV and extensive patrolling of the estate throughout the day and night.
A number of the Covent Garden team volunteered their time to help clean up the church gardens of St. Paul’s Church.
Apple Market Challenge
The hugely successful Apple Market Challenge entered its 11th year during 2017 and has involved over 6,500 children since its inception in 2006. This is run in conjunction with the sixth form students at a Business Enterprise School, Ursuline High School Wimbledon.
Teenagers from ten schools, including both the Covent Garden primary schools, presented products that could be sold from the Apple Market in the Covent Garden Market Building.
Employees from the Covent Garden office actively engaged in a “Newsround” project with children from both Covent Garden primary schools. Teams from both schools prepared news-based videos relating to topics relevant to schoolchildren in Covent Garden, such as antisocial behaviour and safety.
During 2017 Capco worked with children from four primary schools in the Earls Court area on a range of educational projects focused on Earls Court. The projects included researching the history of the Earls Court area, exploring the changing nature of urban landscapes and what makes a great place, learning about the demolition and construction processes being followed at Earls Court, visits to the Earls Court Project Room and Lillie Square construction site, and viewing the Heavy Lifting Crane.
Urban Plan Project
We collaborated with the Urban Land Institute on their Urban Plan Project. This programme helps young people understand the role the real estate industry plays in reviving and regenerating urban areas and brings to life the urban environment through a series of interactive workshops and team challenges. Two projects for Year 12 students were run at Chelsea Academy during 2017.