We’ve transformed the Tarner Community Project

Posted on 03 June 2024

Thanks to Property Maintenance Havant colleagues and social value, we’re helping to provide even more meals for the local community.

Maintenance colleagues have just completed a social value project replacing a commercial kitchen for one of our community partners – Tarner Community Project in Brighton.

The kitchen strip out and replacement was thanks to our social value matching platform - Match My Project - and was undertaken by our contractor, Highbank Property Services, and their social value contribution. All the electrical works for the new kitchen was undertaken by our electrical colleagues.

Tarner provides an essential service providing children with meals, as part of their after school and holiday clubs. The number of meals they produce is increasing, and their kitchen simply wasn’t coping with demand.

What did the project involve?

The work had to be carried out over a weekend as the kitchen is in use five days a week. Works started on the evening of Friday 26 April and Tarner had a full working kitchen installed by midday on Monday 29 April.

The last of the whitegoods were delivered on Monday 13 May – ending a very successful community project.

As part of their social value, Buildbase (HUWS GRAY) and Symphony Kitchens supplied all 17 kitchen units, complete with worktops. Buildbase also provided essential items including: a dishwasher, two double ovens, two fridges, a commercial fridge and commercial freezer, hob extractor, air fryer, microwave, sink, paint and tiles.

Hyde’s Contract Manager, Steve Davies said:

“It was great to be able to work on this important project, which was made possible due to the social value contributions made by our partners. Seeing the community centre transformed, and knowing what this would mean for the children and their parents, was incredible.”

Sarah Perryman, Community Partnerships Manager, Tarner Community Project said:

“At Tarner, we provide essential services – including offering disadvantaged children free and subsidised after school and holiday club places. So far, we’ve provided over 13,000 free hot dinners to children and this number is going to increase. It’s not only important to the children in our community – but to their families. Knowing that their children can come here and have a hot meal means the world to them.”

If you have any queries about social value, please contact:

Chichi Onyenemelu, Social Value Manager or Ciara Sidhu, Social Value Officer.