At Crummock we believe that since we leave a physical legacy when we undertake the services we offer, we also wish to leave a positive impact on the communities in which we work and live.
Construction work can cause concern to residents, businesses and the public. Where appropriate, we will communicate with local residents, businesses and other stakeholders and keep them up-to-date with the project and be available to answer any queries. We do this by letter drops, notice boards, personal visits, local press, and when appropriate public meetings or open days. We will also always try to minimise any disruption that our operations may cause.
Some of the ways in which we leave a positive impact include:
- Whenever possible, use local businesses to supply materials or services as part of our supply chain.
- When we can, we provide work experience opportunities for local long-term unemployed. This helps them gain valuable experience and strengthens their CVs for future employment. We have employed people following these work experience opportunities.
- Engage with local schools through various activities to encourage pupils to consider a career in civil engineering.
- Arranging site visits for educational establishments. For example we arranged for 15 civil engineering undergraduates from Edinburgh Napier University to visit one of our sites in Edinburgh.
Crummock Charity Committee
At Crummock we recognise how important it is to give something back to the communities where we work and live. We have a Charity Committee who regularly make financial donations to charities or sports programmes that request assistance or are nominated by our employees.
We are proud to say Crummock’s donations benefit over 15 charities and organisations across Scotland every year.
Our employees also participate in charity fundraising events:
- Our company football players, played in a charity five-a-side football tournament in aid of Seamab (a Kinross-shire children’s charity).
- They also went on to win the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh charity five-a-side tournament, helping to raise funds for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.
- Since 2016, three intrepid employees have entered the Buccleuch Property Challenge, an annual gruelling 4-6 hour adventure race that raises money for nominated charities. In 2017 the charities were Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Helping to inspire the next generation of Civil Engineers is incredibly important to not only Crummock, but the industry as a whole. Our Directors, Senior Managers and trainees regularly attend secondary school Career Fairs to talk to pupils about subject choices and enthuse them about careers in civil engineering.
We are also very active with an initiative called Bridges to Schools, an Institution of Civil Engineers hands-on activity, which gives P6/7 school pupils the chance to build a 13m long cable stayed bridge, similar to the new Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Having assembled the bridge they then walk across it, learning about bridges, teamwork and civil engineering throughout the exercise. In 2016 and 2017, Crummock in collaboration with Midlothian Council, held sessions for numerous classes of P6/7 pupils who worked together to build and dismantle the bridge. In total over 900 pupils in Midlothian have participated over the two years.
We have also held sessions for pupils in Scottish Borders Council schools. The sessions are also used to encourage the pupils to be interested in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at school and consider a career in Civil Engineering.
In addition to charitable donations, we undertake other community benefit activities and below are a few examples:
- Burnbrae Primary School, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. At no cost to the school and in collaboration with Allsports Construction and Maintenance, Thistles, Stuart Angus Timber Merchants and R&B Nursery, we created a play area with; artificial grass, stone paving, plants and other interesting items like old tyres, for the school’s unit that caters for children with special needs. This enables the children to play outside all year round and helps spark their imagination during break time.
- We provided football strips to Balerno High School, Edinburgh to replace ageing ones.
- In Edinburgh we sponsor Murrayfield Wanderers Football Club. You can track their success here.
- In the Scottish Borders, at no cost to the club, we helped Linton Hotspur Football Club with their new club facilities.
- We sponsor football kit for a player at Easthouses Lily MWFC, Midlothian