Hobson & Porter donates main noticeboard to East Park

Following a close collaboration with the Friends of East Park, Hobson & Porter has designed and donated a noticeboard for the main entrance to East Park.

The noticeboard welcomes all visitors entering from Holderness Road on the south side of East Park, Hull’s largest public park offering 138 acres of green space, water features and an animal education centre.

Hobson & Porter formed a close working relationship with the Friends of East Park during our refurbishment of Woodford Leisure Centre, which borders the park, to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum while works were ongoing.

Our project team offered support to the Friends group throughout the 18-month project, donating materials to the park, producing its newsletter and even helping with its 130th celebration event in 2017.

East Park was recently awarded a Green Flag Award. The Green Flag scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Dave Blades, Business Development Director for Hobson & Porter, said: “We always aim to make a positive contribution to the communities we work in and this has been the case in East Park. The Friends of East Park do an exceptional job in maintaining this fantastic facility and we were very keen to do all we could to make their job easier while our team was transforming Woodford Leisure Centre.

“Hobson & Porter has achieved ‘Partner’ status in the Considerate Constructors Scheme and respecting the community is a key part of that. We hope the contribution of the noticeboard will be appreciated and stand for many years to come!”

Hobson and Porter flies the flag for women in construction

Our female employees recently visited Bishop Burton College to help publicise and show their support for women in the workplace.

They were photographed alongside a mural created by the college’s construction students in tribute to Amy Johnson. The mural was built as part of a competition held by Bishop Burton College to highlight the subject of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that in 2016 women made up less than 13% of the UK’s construction workforce. Here at Hobson & Porter, we are pleased that we employ a diverse group, with more than 17.5% of our overall workforce being female.

Amy Johnson was a pioneering British aviator – the first woman to fly single-handedly from Britain to Australia, in 1930. She is a shining example of what can be achieved when someone puts their mind to something – regardless of their gender. And if a woman can achieve this in 1930, the possibilities for today’s women in construction should be endless!

Hobson and Porter has a close relationship with Bishop Burton College, having completed several projects together over the years. We engaged our supply chain in order to facilitate this project, with Ibstock supplying the bricks.

On 10th October this year, Bishop Burton College’s Equine Arena will again play host to Foundations Live, the region’s largest co-located construction trade and careers event, which brings together local companies and schools and colleges to help address the skills gap in the construction industry. For more information on Foundations Live and to register for the event visit: https://www.hobsonporter.com/foundations/