Land Securities treats its responsibility for promoting a sustainable future for London as an integral part of its business. Of equal importance to its environmental credentials are the social and economic implications of One New Change. Making sure the development has a positive effect on local community is vital, both during construction and following completion.
Throughout the building process of One New Change, Land Securities has ensured the works caused as little disruption as possible to local residents, workers and traffic. In spite of the scale and complexity of the works, the construction firm Bovis Lend Lease was awarded the City of London’s ‘Considerate Contractor Gold Award.’
The One New Change development has also supported the community in the shape of BeOnsite, a targeted training initiative for the construction industry. This initiative saw Bovis Lend Lease working with their trade contractors to provide a wide range of training and employment opportunities on the site.
To ensure its positive long term economic impact on local communities, Land Securities has worked with the Cheapside Initiative, London Employers Accord, the City of London and the Mayor of London to establish the Cheapside Employment Charter, to which retailers in the area will sign up. Designed to encourage retailers to employ locally, the charter will be the first of its kind in London.
On an aesthetic level, as part of the City of London Festival, cityscape artist Richard Tait hosted a drop-by studio in the summer of 2009. He invited locals and passers-by to help him create an intricate and colourful mural on the hoardings that surround One New Change.