Kajima Community continues to help foster community cohesion through its successful partnership with Haverstock School.
Haverstock School in Camden was rebuilt by Kajima in 2004 and its lettings programme is currently managed by Kajima Community. Over the past 13 years of close collaboration, Kajima has worked with the school to establish a successful, long term partnership with a central aim being to transform Haverstock into an integral part of the local area and a true community school.
Kajima Community has helped Haverstock school become an active and bustling hub of activity within the community, not only during the school day but also in the evenings, at weekends and during term breaks, and is used by a diverse range of groups from sporting clubs to adult education classes and cycling proficiency courses.
By unlocking its facilities and making them available for public use Haverstock School now plays a central role in the community, which has directly benefitted its students and fostered a great sense of community cohesion. For the past three years, the effective partnership has enabled Crisis at Christmas to use the school as a shelter for 250 local rough sleepers, and following the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, the school hosted members of the Camden community who were evacuated from their homes whilst fire safety reviews took place
With the school’s excellent facilities and optimal location, community use has helped generate a substantial annual revenue and additional funding opportunities have been brought in from third parties through the proactive management by Kajima Community. Power League, a regular user of the school’s sports facilities, funded an upgrade of the all-weather pitch to support its busy 5-a-side football league. The high quality playing surface can be enjoyed both by pupils and local people.
Paul Edwards, Regional Operations Manager at Power League credits Kajima Community with nurturing a highly collaborative partnership between the club and Haverstock School: “Kajima Community is an inspiring partner to work with. Having facilitated our initial relationship with the school, it brokered the agreement between Haverstock, the Council and Kajima for the funding and operation of the new pitch. Its efforts have resulted in a long-term, mutually beneficial commitment from all parties, the advantages of which radiate out to club members, Haverstock pupils and the wider local community.”
The fact that schools are public facilities and therefore a resource to which the wider community should have access, is a value shared by both Haverstock School and Kajima Community. The close working partnership that they have established has meant that, over time, Kajima Community hasn’t just shared Haverstock School’s values, it has actually helped to shape them.