Community

KPIs 2019 2018
Affordable housing completions 1,189 1,192
Planning obligations spend £37.0m £25.7m

We take our social responsibilities very seriously. We create spaces where communities will thrive, provide affordable housing, support Force's personnel and contribute to the economy and charitable causes.

Creating thriving communities

We collaboratively design our developments to foster a sense of community.

All of our developments are subject to extensive public consultation prior to commencing on site. We incorporate this feedback into the design process.

Our approach to development design focusses on the principles of Green Infrastructure (GI) - networks of multifunctional green space which includes parks, open spaces, playing fields, woodlands, street trees, allotments, private gardens, sustainable drainage systems and soils. This holistic approach supports peoples’ mental and physical health, encourages active travel, improves drainage and improves carbon storage. This year we have been working closely with landscape and ecology consultants to deliver improvements to our GI design and delivery.

Where possible we seek to incorporate leisure and amenity areas, together with integrating developments into local public transport infrastructure. In some cases local resident travel vouchers may be provided to encourage use of public transport.

Where play spaces are included, we work with specialist play space designers to ensure they are inclusive, fun and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Our larger developments will often include provision of a local school or other building of benefit to the local area. As a minimum we commit to provide resources and improvements to the local area in agreement with the local authority.

All of our sites have defibrillators installed and staff are trained how to use them. These can be called upon by local communities and we have also taken the step to ensure that these defibrillators remain within the local area once our developments have been completed.

Affordable housing

We recognise that we have a fundamental role to play in tackling the country’s housing supply challenge. We work collaboratively with local authorities and registered providers (RPs) to provide affordable housing across a range of different tenure types. The Government’s Help to Buy Scheme and our own Trinity Discount Scheme for Armed Forces personnel are offered on all our developments.

This year we have been working with a number of providers to develop a bespoke specification for the homes we deliver to RPs in response to the growing demands they are under.

Of our 3,867 homes (2018: 3,759) completed in 2019, 31% were sold to RPs (2018: 1,192 and 32%).

Armed forces covenant

The Group is proud to be a supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant and to be the first housebuilder to have achieved gold status in the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

We are committed to ensuring that our nation’s Forces personnel (past and present), and their families, are treated with respect and fairness and have implemented a number of initiatives to support them. A copy of our commitments can be found on our website.

Driving the local economy

The majority of our site-based population are employed by local subcontractors. The use of local and regional suppliers means that our developments provide benefits for the wider community, through job creation and opportunities for other local businesses to support the development.

Supply chain

We continue to work with our supply chain to ensure timely delivery of our homes in an environmentally and socially aware way. Our suppliers and subcontractors are involved at an early stage in site development to ensure adequate resource planning is in place and health and safety remains a number one priority.

The use of local and regional suppliers means that our developments provide benefits for the wider community, through job creation and opportunities for other local businesses to support the development.

We collaborate with our supply chain on the development of skills for the industry, with our apprenticeship programme incorporating secondments to learn key construction skills. We offer work experience placements to those attending school and college.

We work with our suppliers to provide innovative designs and products as well as providing training on topics such as health and safety and site supervisor safety.

In return for our commitment, our suppliers must meet our anti-bribery and ethical conduct standards. A whistleblowing procedure is in place to support our contractors and their staff.

Community and infrastructure improvements

All of our developments are subject to extensive public consultation prior to work commencing, which identifies the needs of local communities and provisions such as affordable housing, open space and educational needs.

During the planning phase for our developments, we always seek to incorporate leisure and amenity areas together with integrating developments into local public transport infrastructure. Where appropriate, local resident travel vouchers may be provided to encourage use of public transport.

Our larger developments will often include provision of a local school, which will also benefit the local community.

All of our sites have defibrillators installed and staff are trained how to use them. These can be called upon by local communities and we have also taken the step to ensure that these defibrillators remain within the local area once our developments have been completed.

Charitable giving

Bovis Homes regularly supports charitable fundraising events and local sponsorship opportunities, as well as facilitating staff-led fundraising activities.

Charitable donations and sponsorship (one-off and ongoing) are managed by each regional business to ensure that local causes and charities important to staff are given priority.

Causes supported include schools and school fetes, local sports clubs, hospitals and hospices, roundtables, elderly care, local community initiatives and other local and national charities.

A payroll giving initiative is offered to employees to enable them to contribute to their chosen charities directly from their salary.

Priorities for 2020

  • Continue to develop our strategic offering to assist with affordable housing
  • Continue to build on our relationships and support our subcontractors and suppliers trough regular meetings and training opportunities
  • CSR volunteer days for our people

Case study: The Group is proud to have achieved the highest award from the Ministry of Defence for supporting Armed Forces personnel

The Group is the first dedicated housebuilder in the industry to receive the recognition.

The Group received the Government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for a raft of initiatives put in place to support Forces personnel. These include:

  • Being a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant; a promise to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the Forces, and their families, are treated fairly
  • Offering a discount scheme to help those connected to the Military onto the housing ladder
  • Introducing a trainee assistant site manager programme, specifically targeted at ex-armed forces personnel
  • Offering mentoring and work placements to those with military background
  • Sponsoring the 2019 Armed Forces Day National Event in Salisbury, which marks the service of men and women in the Armed Forces and includes three days of celebrations including a military parade
  • Regularly attending Career Transition Partnership recruiting events for members of the Armed Forces
  • Supporting staff members who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces

The Group currently employs around 100 people with ex-military backgrounds, including site managers, technical staff and trainers.

Former Welsh Guard Josh Beesley, who is trainee assistant site manager at the Group’s Filton location, was medically discharged from the Army before we offered him a second career.

The 26-year-old said: “For many young people leaving the Armed Forces, it can feel quite daunting trying to find Civilian work. The Group was there to give me an opportunity and train me and I’m not surprised the Company has won the Gold award.”