A group of 12 Redrow graduate trainees has completed a project in partnership with Help Bristol’s Homeless to convert an empty shipping container into a habitable space. This is part of the local charity’s wider goal to help members of the city’s homeless population by providing a roof over their heads whilst they receive help finding permanent accommodation.
The graduates received no funding, resources or help from seniors and instead relied on the skills acquired during their first year with Redrow. This meant they had to utilise contacts and relationships they had built up within the industry to source essential materials, deploy their project management and problem-solving skills and work closely together as a team. They acquired and fitted a kitchen and sanitaryware that was unable to be sold, but still worked perfectly, and ensured the whole container was finished to an exceptionally high standard.
The end result is a shipping container that has been transformed into a well-furnished living quarters complete with a kitchen and wet room bathroom as well as fitting windows and skylights. Most importantly it will provide the perfect fresh start to those in the local community that need it most.
Clare Horton, New Entrants Programmes Manager at Redrow, comments: “A career in housebuilding can be both rewarding and challenging, requiring a broad range of skills from strong communication, problem-solving, negotiation and excellent time management. These graduates had to demonstrate these qualities in bucket-loads to get the job done and we hope this project captures the imagination of young people considering their career options.
“These graduates come from a variety of areas within the business and had to work together to make a success of this task in a very short space of time. As well as the practical element of fitting out the container, they deployed the skills they have been building over the last year to gather materials and solve problems along the way. It’s great to see how much progress they have made during their first year with Redrow and even better that it’s helping such a brilliant cause.”
Manjeeta Pathak, now an Assistant Site Manager, who helped lead the project, said: “It was incredibly challenging, but so enjoyable, to work as a team to complete the project and empowering to be trusted to make sure we finished on time and to a high standard. I still can’t believe we managed to get it all finished in only five days and that included sourcing all the materials we used. It feels really special knowing that our handiwork will now be used to make a difference to people’s lives.”
Every year Redrow’s newest batch of graduates take part in a community challenge which aims to support a good cause whilst putting them through their paces.
Before the container becomes a temporary home for a homeless person, it will be transported to the South Downs Festival at the end of September to raise awareness of, and additional funds for, the charity.