Wednesday 16 February was a momentous day for everyone at our Building Lives Training Academy, located at homeless hostel Arlington House, Camden. HRH Prince Charles paid a visit as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Ready for Work scheme run by charity Business in the Community. HRH is President of Business in the Community and helped to establish the programme in 2001. The royal visit follows the VIP launch of our Building Lives Training Academy by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and renowned artist Tracey Emin in June 2010, and a government visit from Iain Duncan Smith and Nick Clegg in November.
Lakehouse is thrilled to announce the appointment of Carol Bailey as General Manager - Communities and Regeneration. Carol will be responsible for successful operational and financial delivery for Lakehouse's Communities and Regeneration Division.
We are delighted to announce that Lakehouse has been shortlisted for a Specialists Award in the category of project excellence:public sector. Lakehouse submitted its new build project, Lowther Children's Centre, which has already won three awards.
Lakehouse celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with around 30 of its young apprentices at Namco Funscape on 9 February. The youngsters were invited to take part in a training and personal development session, followed by an opportunity to get to know each other better over a couple of games of ten pin bowling.
The prestigious Building Awards are back, and it's excellent news for Lakehouse, which has been announced a finalist in three categories - Contractor of the Year (up to £300million), Project of the Year (Lowther Children's Centre), and Diversity Champion of the Year.
Lakehouse volunteers spent an enjoyable and productive day at the Southend Connexions Youth Centre in Shoeburyness on 2 February. with over 1,700 secondary school students. We were there to support the Southend Connexions Careers Fair and to promote careers in construction.
Work on building much needed Rooksdown Community Centre, for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, started on 4 February. The £1.2million centre was planned for some years to serve the new Park Prewett development, but had suffered delays following the slow down in the housing market.