Gleeds is a world class property and construction consultancy with 130 years’ experience. With such heritage comes great responsibility, and it is only through acting responsibly that we earn the trust of our clients and our people.
Our approach to corporate responsibility is based on four strands – our workplace, our environment, our communities and our marketplace.
Our people are our most valuable assets and we are committed to their wellbeing. Gleeds believes in the importance of a healthy work/life balance and encourage all our people to make time for the other important things in life. Training and development has always been a top priority and we continually invest in our people to give them the skills they need to be at the top of their game.
Gleeds recognises that all activities can impact on the environment both locally and globally and acknowledges the need for responsible action in this area. We are committed to minimising any adverse impact on the environment and seek to continuously improve our environmental performance. We aim to ensure all our people are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness in this area.
Working with the communities within which we operate is extremely important to Gleeds. It enables us to share the talent of our people with others, give and gain from work experience and help people develop to their full potential. As members of Business in the Community, Constructionline and The UK Green Building Council, we demonstrate a commitment to best practice business in our local communities, from Southampton to Shanghai, Manchester to Mumbai.
We believe that to be a responsible and sustainable business, collaboration is key. So whether it’s building a sustainable supply chain, providing pro bono services or helping a client achieve their charitable goals, our long term relationships and mutual respect help drive innovative solutions for the industry as a whole.
Lea Bridge House – creating a new community space
Gleeds took on the challenge of redecorating the social areas at Lea Bridge House, a homeless hostel for 142 single people with low support needs in Walthamstow, London. In the space of 7 hours, a team of 15 volunteers used their creative skills and worked their magic to provide an inspiring and welcoming lounge and library for residents.
The revamped areas were revealed at the end of the day, and residents’ suggestions of weekly activities such as film and quiz nights were made within minutes seeing the new space. The new and improved rooms have quickly become the venue for a regular programme of events where residents come together and have fun in an open and welcoming environment.
Impact – The Nottingham campaign
Gleeds supported the University of Nottingham’s Life Cycle 2 bike challenge, in order to raise funds for students who may not have otherwise considered higher education. The Gleeds Ambassador Sir Steve Redgrave hosted a black tie dinner, raising an additional £25,000 - increasing awareness and support for the campaign which provides education centres for youngsters.
Your colleagues are a pretty amazing and lovely bunch of people. The rooms are completely transformed - I have been going in and out all day just to take it all in. We still can’t quite believe the amount you managed to achieve in just one day. Corinna Singham, Paradigm Housing
By working in partnership with Gleeds, we are able to support young people in the local communities and give them the opportunity to reach their academic potential. Without their support, these centres would not be possible. Kate Robertson, University of Nottingham