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Makeover kicks off at Stonebridge community hub

Posted on 25 June 2021

Thanks to our partners at Engie, the Brent council community hub known as the Bridgestone Arena, is receiving a significant refresh.

The services and materials have been generously donated by Engie as part of their social value agreement, and they are also providing fully subsidised work experience opportunities as part of the project.

The Bridgestone Arena, formerly known as the Pavilion, is a community building owned by Hyde. It is home to the Jason Roberts Foundation, an initiative that helps young people in the area fulfil their potential. Founded by former professional footballer and media personality Jason Roberts, the Foundation boasts a programme of support including sports activities, mentoring, life skills, education and training projects.

So far 200 litres of paint have been donated to refresh the building as well as a mobile tower for the duration of the project. Engie are working closely with the Foundation to ensure the building gets the exact makeover it needs.

Social value is extremely important across Hyde, and we work strategically with different partners to ensure that we are optimising the benefit to community areas, helping towards our goal of providing homes, not just houses.

Chichi Onyenemelu, Social Value Advisor said: “Social value can really have a lasting impact on individuals, communities and the environment.  When social value delivery is aligned to the needs of local people and places, its impact potential is even greater. This project with the Jason Roberts Foundation, carried out by our contractor Engie, will help increase access to much needed community programmes, supporting young people and families.”