Capco continues to work to benefit the communities in which we operate and to support our chosen charities.
DISTRICT STEWARDSHIP – A SAFER, CLEANER AND GREENER ENVIRONMENT
Capco continues to fund additional security for the Covent Garden estate due to the ongoing high national security threat level. This includes upgraded CCTV, which is monitored 24 hours a day, and extensive patrolling of the estate throughout the day and night. Capco also funds the ‘Covent Guardians’ who assist with safety and standards on the estate.
Capco has extended its initiatives to further improve the air quality in Covent Garden by promoting the ‘No Idling’ campaign and hosting meetings of the Cross River Partnership’s ‘Clean Air Villages’, which is funded by DEFRA. Most recently, an interactive air quality installation called the ‘Pollution Pavilion’ was hosted on the Piazza for the environmental charity Hubbub. The unique installation, designed in collaboration with artists Climate and Cities and King’s College London, displayed balloons that changed colour reflecting annual nitrogen dioxide (NO2) data drawn from five Air Quality Network stations across London to help visitors visualise air pollution levels.
Building on our existing greening, we worked with our Head Gardener to install more bio-diverse greening on Floral Street, King Street and James Street. Our Head Gardener has also implemented a number of initiatives to reduce plastic waste and recycle plants.
Capco has improved accessibility across the estate by funding the installation of disabled pathways and facilities.
CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS
For a second year, Capco supported Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, as our charity partner for Covent Garden’s Christmas campaign. Nearly £1,500 was raised for the charity over the Christmas period and employees volunteered their time to collect donations. Capco donated £30,000 to the Crisis at Christmas campaign.
During the year Capco supported St Mungo’s, a charity which is working in the Covent Garden district to support marginalised people in accessing recovery services. Capco also supported the Single Homeless Project, a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people, by working with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency.
CONSTRUCTION YOUTH TRUST
Capco continued to work with the Construction Youth Trust to support their programme targeted at local schools with a high proportion of socially or economically disadvantaged students, to introduce students to career opportunities in construction. Initiatives during 2019 included a targeted coaching programme working with school leaver-age students, work placements at large construction companies, a speed networking event, and a session to help develop interview skills. A number of our employees volunteered their time in the Trust’s Budding Brunels programme.
YOUNG WESTMINSTER FOUNDATION
Capco supported the Foundation’s ‘Mastering your Future’ programme, which aims to foster positive interactions between local young people and local businesses, and targets young people at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training.
APPLE MARKET CHALLENGE
Capco facilitated the Apple Market Challenge for its thirteenth year. The initiative continues to be hugely successful and has now involved 6,820 children since its inception. Pupils from 10 schools, including both the primary schools located in Covent Garden, presented an eco-friendly educational product that could be sold from the Apple Market in the Covent Garden Market Building.
During the year Capco provided event space with a value of £20,000 to charitable events, including a Red Nose Day installation for Comic Relief and a food truck event for Magic Breakfast.
We partnered with the charity Beauty Banks for Covent Garden’s inaugural London Beauty Week, which was hosted in September in conjunction with the British Beauty Council. Beauty Banks is working to make ‘hygiene poverty’ history in the UK, by supporting those living in poverty with personal care and hygiene essentials. A donation point for unused beauty products was installed on the Piazza and £4,300 was raised for the charity through ticket sales and donations.
TURN TO STARBOARD
Capco supported this charity, which uses sailing training to support Armed Forces personnel and their families affected by military operations. An Armistice commemoration event was held on the Covent Garden Piazza.
ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST
We supported the Albert Kennedy Trust (“akt”) as part of London’s Pride activities during the summer. akt is the national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity which aims to provide safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people. The ‘infinity chamber’ at Floral Court was transformed into a rainbow and £1 was donated for every social media post using #PrideinCoventGarden. We also introduced rainbow bollards on Floral Street. Capco is a patron of the British Fashion and Beauty Councils to support education and young talent within these industries.
Capco continued to support a range of community events at Covent Garden, with our employees volunteering their time to organise and host events. During 2019 these included hosting a Christmas lunch and a day trip to the coast with local senior citizens, and sponsorship of the Covent Garden Community Association’s Christmas carol concert, at which an employee gave a reading.
Capco continued its community investment and engagement in Earls Court until the Group’s interests in Earls Court were sold. Activities included sponsorship of the fifth Earls Court Film Festival, which was nominated for a community award by BAFTA, and continued support of the local community magazine ‘The Court’, which was distributed directly to over 16,000 local stakeholders. An Open Day at the Project Room saw stakeholders participate in arts and crafts workshops, and enjoy live music.
Our collaboration with the London Community Foundation continued. We donated £135,000 to provide grants to support community activity with local stakeholders in the Earls Court area.
Capco also became a corporate sponsor of Glass Door, a homelessness charity which supports initiatives in the Chelsea, Fulham and Hammersmith areas.
We also supported Urbanwise London in their work with students from Servite RC Primary School, St Cuthbert with St Matthias Primary, Bousfield Primary School and Fulham Primary School in 2019. The students were involved in an Urban Pioneers project where they learnt about landmarks in the local area and considered the changes at Earls Court over the past 150 years. We continued to work with the Urban Land Institute on its Urban Plan Project. During the year we worked with students from Chelsea Academy. The programme helps young people understand the role real estate plays in renewing and regenerating urban areas and brings the urban environment to life through a series of interactive real-life workshops and team-working challenges.