The creation of a new play park in Bristol and facilities for an environment centre in Somerset by staff from BAE Systems has led to the teams receiving an award. The community initiative received the Business Leader Award in the Embracing Responsible Behaviour category; part of the BAE Systems Chairman’s Awards programme.
The new play park at Lockleaze in Bristol (pictured, at the opening) was also part-funded by BAE Systems and built by volunteers from the organisation over the course of three weeks. They created safe and fun climbing towers connected by raised bridges, an outdoor stage, a new covered bike maintenance area enabling young people to carry out repairs and mechanic like skills and a new wildlife inspired garden and seating area. Splash Projects facilitated the build.
BAE Systems and Splash completed a similar project at nearby Goblin Combe, North Somerset, with around 50 volunteer apprentices and graduates. This was for a Groundwork South woodland area used by schools, clubs and community groups. The BAE Systems team built a new outdoor classroom, added disabled access and made other improvements. This met the Chairman’s Awards criteria by making a positive impact not only on the employees who took part, but also providing a clear benefit to a community where BAE Systems operates.