We aim to ensure all our projects minimise their impact on our environment, our developments frequently include:
- Timber frame construction from sustainable sources
- Greywater harvesting systems and sewage treatment plants
- Non-dig road designs around trees
- Photo-voltaic solar heating systems and ground-source heat pumps
- “Living-roof” designs for industrial and office unit applications
Investing in our workforce
We actively encourage and support our workforce to train and gain further skills. We are members of the 5% club, a worthwhile scheme in which companies aim to employ 5% of their workforce in ‘earn and learn’ positions in order to support economic growth, encourage diversity and inclusion, increase social mobility and alleviate poverty.
We have also signed up to the Building Mental Health Charter whereby we aim to support our staff and help tackle the mental health crisis in construction.
Advocating and supporting biodiversity
Nationwide Engineering currently have two Honeybee colonies based in South Manchester that are thriving and producing large quantities of honey. Commencing in 2017 with a single colony, we bred another queen in 2018 and now have two growing colonies within our small apiary.
Our investment in bee keeping is part of our drive to positively encourage and increase biodiversity. As our experience and confidence in bee keeping grows, our intention is to expand our bee keeping activities to other areas of the UK, based close to our offices. We are also exploring bee keeping on some of our larger sites where the programme spans the entire season.
The business is investing in training and offers all employees the opportunity to learn how to handle bees, something that has proved to be immensely rewarding and effective in improving personal wellbeing.
Active in the Community
Nationwide Engineering is proud to be supporting local companies and community and charitable organisations throughout the UK and in fact we have won awards for our community works including the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Henry Palmer Award.
We always aim to become directly involved in the communities in which we work through a variety of means, particularly seeking local suppliers. Not only does this positively impact these communities, but usually assists in reducing our carbon footprint by reducing transport distances.
Donation to Barnsley Hospital Charity & Care Homes
We were really pleased to help with the donation of Amazon Fire HD10 tablets and cases, a high fidelity sleep machine, a kitchen bar counter table, digital radio alarm clocks and packs of reusable grocery bags to the Barnsley Hospital Charity and several care homes to boost morale for staff, patients and residents during this very difficult time. We are currently working in Barnsley so felt it would be a nice way to give back to the area, who have made us feel very welcome. We hope that the donation will help everyone feel more connected to their loved ones whilst they can’t be together.
We have come together with Birchall Tea to support Horatio’s Garden Charity during 2020. Horatio’s Garden is a national charity creating and nurturing beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres to support everyone affected by spinal injury.
During 2020 we will be supplying all the tea to be used during their Fabulous Summer Tea Party Campaign, Pop up café at the RHS Malvern Flower Show and at their four Garden Tea Rooms in NHS Spinal Centres around the country.
Armed Forces Day National Event
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting our Armed Forces, we enjoyed a fantastic weekend as a major sponsor for the Armed Forces Day National Event Weekend in Salisbury during the summer. This annual event celebrates the men and women who make up the Armed Forces, from currently serving troops and reservists to veterans and cadets. Over 40,000 people attended the prestigious event and Baroness Scott, head of Wiltshire Council, found the time to be interviewed by the BBC in our hummer!
Bramhall Cricket Club (Juniors & Seniors)
Based in Cheshire, Nationwide Engineering is proud to sponsor Bramhall Cricket Club. Founded in 1886, the club is an ECB Cheshire County League club, with the 1st XI playing in the Premier Division in 2018, and the 2nd XI in the First Division
“We are delighted to be helping our local communities thrive through the sponsorship of sport and other initiatives across the UK. Bramhall have a large junior team and it is very enjoyable watching their skills and confidence develop. We wish the club good luck” – Managing Director Alex McDermott
Off-Road Driving Team Building Day
A great day was had by all at our Land Rover off-road driving experience. Held at Rockingham Castle near Market Harborough, the day involved driving three Land Rover vehicles under professional tuition and learning how to handle the vehicles in difficult driving situations. Each driver had chance to drive all three vehicles, including a Range Rover, a Discovery and Defender, with a collective value of around £250,000. Surprisingly for some, we managed to complete the day without damaging a single vehicle!