The company, through its Mission, Vision and Values and culture is one which is focussed on creating positive impacts. There are a number of ways in which we are already delivering social impact, including pro-bono work, work experience opportunities, education outreach, community projects, supporting local business and charitable donations.
Delivering social value at a project level requires activity, measures and outcomes that create strong and well-connected public, private and voluntary sectors that enable communities to be more resilient. In order to deliver social value, our approach is to ensure that we have an understanding of ‘impacts’ and particularly – ‘what positive impact can we have in a location that we are working in?’
Read more about our social value work below.
ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System
We have achieved this accreditation and are committed to monitoring and reducing our environmental impacts including carbon reduction. This policy has been developed for the whole organisation and includes systems for purchasing, reduction of printing (use of paper/toner) and travel (promoting public transport). The outcomes are regularly managed and monitored.
Training and Education / Added Value
AspinallVerdi are committed to supporting apprenticeships and graduate programmes. We employ several colleagues in apprentice and graduate positions, including supporting those with non-cognate degrees through post-graduate education.
In addition to supporting our employees with training, we often provide training and speakers to clients, professional conferences, schools and universities.
AspinallVerdi run an apprenticeship programme that includes post A-level (18/19-year olds) school leavers. For example, we are currently supporting two apprentices through the University College of Estate Management (UCEM) degree programme.
Following completion of the degree programme they will work towards obtaining professional membership to the RICS, which we support all graduates employed to achieve.
The Directors regularly volunteer their time to local charitable and professional causes. For example, roles held include:
- West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), Place Regeneration and Housing Committee.
- Director of Headingley Development Trust’s HEART Project. HDT redeveloped the former Headingley Primary school to provide a community centre with cafe, meeting rooms, co-working space and other facilities. This £1.1m project owned by the community through a Cooperative structure.
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Regional Board and Assessing Planning In Viability Steering Group.
- Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), England Policy Panel (EPP).
- Non-Executive Director of Connect Housing Association. Connect Housing is a Registered Provider with c £15 million turnover and 3,200 affordable housing units.
- Leeds Chamber of Commerce Property Forum Steering Group.
- Trustee of Leeds Civic Trust. Leeds Civic Trust’s objectives are: to stimulate interest in and care for the history and character of the city.
Other roles include sitting as school Governors, organising open-invite professional development events and coaching of youth sports teams.
Sponsorship and Charitable Causes
AspinallVerdi has always supported charitable Christmas cards. This is usually the Crash Christmas card appeal. Movember has been also supported.
AspinallVerdi completed a sponsored walk of the Yorkshire 3-peaks raising over £3,000 for St Gemma’s Hospice.
Liverpool Director, Andy Delaney, is supporting local conservation groups in their application for Birkenhead Park to gain World Heritage Status. The park was designed by Joseph Paxon in 1847 and is widely regarded as the first publicly funded civic park in the world, influencing the design of many others including Central Park in New York.
Should any colleagues wish to undertake charitable activities, AspinallVerdi strive to support them wherever possible.
Projects and Programmes
At a project level we support clients to deliver Social Value through our work on policy development (e.g. affordable housing and CIL); public consultation; estate regeneration and masterplanning; development and delivery (e.g. low carbon housing).
Projects include: Oxfordshire County Council 2050 Plan; Gateshead Exemplar Housing Development; Chelmsley Wood Net Zero Neighbourhood (NZN), Solihull; and St Cuthberts Garden Community.