Our Local Investment

British Land is a long term investor in the Canada Water area, and we are committed to working with the community to ensure that the masterplan delivers a range of long-term benefits for those who live, work and visit here, both now and in the future. We have been thinking about the Canada Water Masterplan’s legacy along four themes, and below are some examples of our projects in each area:

Global Generation: Paper Garden

We are working with Global Generation, an environmental education charity that supports young people to make a social and environmental difference by involving them in the co-creation of public spaces. We are working with local schools and existing community organisations running educational workshops, and setting up the ‘Paper Garden’ community space in the Printworks, which will host design, making, gardening, cooking and storytelling workshops.

Young Farmer’s Club

We’re a long term supporter of the Young Farmer’s Club at Surrey Docks Farm. The successful club runs every Saturday for 45 people aged 8-13 and teaches local young people about working with animals and how to grow their own food.

Urban Plan UK

The masterplan team have been working with Bacon’s College on the Urban Land Institute’s UrbanPlanUK programme, running a day of workshops which aim to bring urban planning and development to life through a challenging redevelopment simulation project of a fictional area. The students did fantastically – a massive thank you to all who took part including the teachers who supported the day.

National Literacy Trust

We have supported the National Literacy Trusts’ Young Reader’s Programme for over five years, at various sites across the UK, including Surrey Quays. The programme works with local primary schools to encourage reading for enjoyment with fun literacy-focused sessions including story telling and activities in the centre, with free books for the children to take home at the end.

Create, Art:Space Southwark

We have supported national charity, Create’s artspace project for several years now. This project works with young carers in Southwark to provide creative arts workshops for young people aged 6 – 14 who help care for a sibling with a disability. The project works with Imago, also a tenant upstairs in the shopping centre, with workshops and performances running over the summer.

Wider Education Initiatives

Alongside these initiatives we also work with several schools locally by giving talks, supporting careers fairs or volunteering as governors. We’re a sponsor of Pathways to Property, a national programme which aims to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds into careers in the property industry, and includes a summer school at the University of Reading and work placements. We’ve also volunteered with Bacon’s College students as part of our last two community days, aiming to give them an insight into the property sector, and to hear their ideas about the Canada Water area.

Linking local residents with sustainable employment

We’re working with GoodPeople to help link local residents with sustainable employment and skills development opportunities in Canada Water. GoodPeople will be working with the suppliers and businesses at Surrey Quays Shopping and Leisure and the Printworks to match unemployed local residents with local employment opportunities. GoodPeople will also source opportunities for work experience and placements, working with local community partners and schools. The pilot project will run for a year. If you are currently looking for work, have employment opportunities in the local area, or are interested in finding out more, please contact ​020 3176 6711​.

Bermondsey Community Kitchen

We have committed £10k of funding for the Bermondsey Community Kitchen, a not-for-profit project to provide free training and opportunities in catering to local young people who are in long-term unemployment.

As the Masterplan will bring forward a range of exciting restaurants and cafes in Canada Water, the ambition is to link the training the Community Kitchen provides with catering jobs at Canada Water.

Career Ready

We support the Southwark Career Ready programme. This works with three local schools – Bacon’s College, St Michael’s and City of London Academy – linking their students to employers and to help them reach their potential. We’ve been on the Local Advisory Board of the cluster since the start, and five British Land colleagues are currently mentoring Year 12 students through the programme.

London Bubble: Young Theatre Makers

We support London Bubble’s Young Theatre Makers project, which works with young people to use drama and theatre techniques to support mental health and wellbeing, building resilience, self-esteem and self-awareness.

Start Your Own Enterprise programme

We are supporting Tree Shepherd in this programme enabling budding entrepreneurs to explore why they want to run a business, understand their target market and learn how to price and sell. During the course, which will run one day a week for eight weeks, students learn how to manage customers, raise and manage finance and how to present to potential investors or buyers. At the end of the course, the entrepreneurs set off with a sustainable business plan and the confidence to put it into action. The course is free for residents local to the masterplan area, and the wider SE16 area.

Business Clinics

These clinics offer one-to-one support and guidance to local entrepreneurs through one-hour sessions that are regular and confidential. Business advisors share their experience and expertise to help attendees overcome obstacles to business growth. Typical areas of support include understanding their target market, communicating to customers, financial implications of a new business, registration and legal issues. The business clinics are free for residents of SE16 and SE8.

Southwark Chamber of Commerce

We are members of the Southwark Chamber of Commerce, and represented on the executive committee. Last year we hosted a business breakfast for Chamber members and local businesses, discussing the vision for business as part of the Canada Water Masterplan, and beginning a conversation about opportunities and ideas for local businesses in the supply chain.

Local High Streets

We’ve recently supported the Scandi Arts’ Fair at Deli Felice, Albion Street, and are currently developing further projects to support local high streets and businesses.

Docklands Junior Football Club (JFC)

We have been the proud sponsor of Dockland’s Junior Football Club for over four years, sponsoring the team’s football kits, track tops and training equipment. The club, run by coach Jamie Mehmet and now based at Docklands Settlement in Rotherhithe, provides football coaching and life skills to local young footballers. British Land is delighted to support the club which plays an important role in championing young people’s sporting ambition.

Time and Talents @ CWM Hub

Community charity Time & Talents will take on the Consultation Hub at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, bringing the space to life when it is not being used for masterplan consultation. They will host a wide variety of events, including crafting workshops, family activities and community parties, as well as renting the space to third parties to deliver community activities in line with their ethos and aims.

Local events & festivals

We have been a sponsor of the Rotherhithe Festival for a number of years and host a stall at the festival each year. British Land have committed to supporting the festival for the next two years, as it brings together local groups, charities and businesses in Rotherhithe to help raise money for charity – demonstrating the community spirit of Rotherhithe residents!

Community Day

Each year, we hold a day where all staff head out to spend a day volunteering on meaningful projects in the local community. Recently, seven volunteers from across British Land worked with Year 9 students from Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe to give them an insight into the property sector, and to hear their ideas about the Canada Water area. 24 other projects took place across London on the day, which included projects at Bede House, Surrey Docks Farm and Time and Talents.

Fisher FC

We recently partnered with local fan-run football club Fisher FC to be their main shirt sponsor for the upcoming year. The initial sponsorship will see British Land feature on the kits until end of 2017/18 season, reflecting its ongoing commitment to making a positive impact in Rotherhithe, Canada Water and beyond.