Through spending ever increasing amounts of time at home, we’ve learnt to appreciate that where we live is not just a place to rest our heads at night. As the lines between our work, social and private lives blurred, we’ve not just challenged ourselves to make positive changes to our carbon footprint, we’ve also realised how we can unite with our neighbours to make a difference to our local communities.
A strong community sprit has always been enjoyed at Allsop managed rental developments, where we have launched a number of initiatives to encourage our socially conscious renters to give back to worthy causes. At Duet, our Build to Rent (BtR) development in Salford Quays, residents have been eager to come together for a socially distanced litter pick, helping keep their neighbourhood clean and prevent river pollution. With a collection point located within Duet, residents are able to conveniently donate spare or unwanted food to Salford’s Food Bank. Our residents at The Keel, also joined a similar initiative in their local area by donating to the North Liverpool foodbank.
We’ve embraced our socially conscious renters’ commitment to reducing their impact on the environment at The Keel by switching to a green electricity tariff, utilising solar panels and installing energy efficient LED lighting. In Manchester, residents at Vox enjoy the use of an electric vehicle to travel around the City. When back at Vox, residents relish the calmness of their rooftop terrace with running track. The terrace features 128 solar panels, which are expected to generate 36.84 MWh of electricity per year, the equivalent of planting 499 trees.
At River Crescent, a Private Rented Sector (PRS) development in Nottingham, a clothing bank was set up in partnership with White Rose. In 2020 150kg of clothing and accessories were recycled, generating £825 which was donated to Aegis Trust, a charity that works to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity worldwide. Not only did residents raise money for this incredible charity, they stopped 150kg of clothes from going to landfill which in turn prevented 540kg of CO2 emissions. River Crescent has also joined Kickstart, a Government scheme designed to help young people gain employment in a year that saw a record 538,000 under-25s claim unemployment benefits. Two young people have joined the onsite management team on a six month placement, gaining valuable skills and work experience.
Allsop is proud of the variety of ways our developments and residents are embracing ethical living and making a positive difference within and for their local communities.