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Sainsbury's Longdridge

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2014 MCS runners upSainsbury's Longdridge
Presented to: Rayno De Kock
Contractor: Base Build Services Ltd
Client: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

In a regeneration area at Longbridge near Birmingham, this project involved the fit out of a large new Sainsbury’s supermarket. The site was bounded by main roads, a railway and other construction sites, with shops, a large college, offices, and a children’s nursery nearby.

Despite being of a relatively short duration, this site was described by the visiting Scheme Monitor as having "gone out of its way to make a real and positive impact on the local area". Support was offered to the new local college, while local labour was also employed via the Job Centre and a local agency. A very large quantity of food was bought and donated to the Lifeline homeless charity, while work was carried out for the neighbourhood school. Contact was also made with the local scout group and future help is planned.

On the site itself, the team established a ‘Grow Your Own’ initiative which was widely supported, and rainwater was harvested. Anti-harassment training was embedded in the induction process and other benefits included free fruit, sun creams and a weekly barbecue. With further facilities for minority faiths, plus a visiting chaplain, this site showed what can be achieved on shorter-term projects with exceptional success.