Much of Globe’s work is delivered outside of our local area, but maintaining a base in the historic centre of Lincoln has been an important and very conscious choice by the business. Much of our work focuses on the importance of neighbourhoods, mixed use developments and local identity, and we try to practice what we preach. There are also wider benefits to being located in the historic centre, as many of our staff can walk to work and we have a presence within the local ‘uphill’ community that would be much more difficult to achieve if we were located on a business park on the city fringe.
Globe takes its commitment to the community seriously and has had a written Social Responsibility Policy in place since 2007. While some of our contribution to local communities comes from the commitment of individuals within the company through their various roles in voluntary and community organisations and so on, Globe also directly supports a number of local events or organisations each year. The beneficiaries change regularly and we try to support a range of activities, but the most common theme is working with projects that have ‘grass roots voluntary support’ or will have a wider benefit to the city.
The Lincoln Tank Memorial project, which has now been installed on Tritton Road roundabout near the university, was organised by the Lincoln Tank Memorial Group who wanted to construct a memorial that would acknowledge Lincoln’s tank building history; the first tank was built by William Foster & Co in Lincoln just off Tritton Road.
Globe donated £10,000 worth of labour and expertise, initially to lead the planning process to the point where planning permission was granted. On the back of this work Phil became a member of the Tank Memorial Committee and continued to see the project through to completion. The whole team got involved in attending fund raisers and helping to support the Committee volunteers. High points included seeing the Memorial being craned onto the Roundabout and the tremendous launch event organised by the Committee. Comic moments included two Globe directors in suits and ties laying on the ground in the middle of the roundabout after trying to put the security fence back up, only to see it blow down again as they drove away.
Lincoln Cathedral is of international significance and, alongside its many roles in the community, it is the central element of the City’s heritage tourism offer and the economic wellbeing of a county where tourism is a key employment sector. The Cathedral has therefore been the most significant beneficiary of our support both in terms of the value and complexity of the work undertaken.
In order to help quantify the Cathedral’s tourism impact, Globe donated its labour and expertise in order to prepare a number of Lincoln Cathedral Economic Impact Assessment Reports. The most recent of which formed an important part of the evidence base for the Cathedral Connected Heritage Lottery Fund bid which achieved ‘round one’ approval in May 2015. Globe were also paid contractors supporting the preparation of the HLF bid and produced the project’s Feasibility Report and Outline Business Plan. Alongside our contracted work we were also able to develop, on a pro-bono basis, a Cathedral Public Arts Strategy and a number of other contributory pieces of work to support the Dean and Chapter in their HLF application.
Sneath’s Mill near Long Sutton is a Grade I Listed windmill and the last example of its type. Local volunteers formed a Trust, purchased the Mill, and have done an excellent job of halting its decay and opening the site to the public.
The Sneath’s Mill Trustees approached Globe following the award of a small grant, to ask if we could produce a ‘development options and business plan’ report. This would support further grant applications to continue the restoration of the Mill and introduce visitor and education facilities. The work required was reasonably complex and its cost extended well beyond the funds available to the Trust. Recognising the commitment and effort being made by the volunteers, Globe agreed to undertake the project work in its totality, donating over £2,000 of pro-bono work to complete the report and encouraging the Trust to use the value of our additional input as matched funding for future grants.
Steep Hill in Lincoln was the Academy of Urbanism’s winner of the 2012 Best Street Award. As an Academician, Russell was able to take a non-voting role in showing fellow members of the Academy around the area. Keen to build on the increased profile that the award achieved for local retailers, Globe facilitated and delivered a ‘Placecheck’ review of Steep Hill for the Lincoln Business Improvement Group and their partners on a voluntary basis.
Throughout 2012/13 the Central Lincoln Planning Policy Unit ran a series of events in local schools to ensure that the views of young people were fed into the Local Development Framework and to increase awareness of the planning process. Globe supported the events with both of our associate planners volunteering to support the events alongside local authority planning officers.
‘Local Affairs’ is a far less scandalous group than it sounds. Attended by organisations from both public and private sectors, it is involved in infrastructure issues in the greater Lincoln area covering road, rail, and building issues. Along with other private sector members, Globe’s MD Phil volunteers his time as a member of the committee.
Another one for Phil, who volunteers as the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s representative on the Lincoln Historic Environment Panel.
Maintaining an up to date and realistic masterplan for the City is an essential tool for sustaining and encouraging both investment and good planning. Globe always makes an effort to volunteer time at director or associate level to support the City Council’s master plan workshops and reviews, where we aim to offer both professional advice and important insight into the issues that we pick up on from our many Lincoln clients.
Slightly further afield, Globe Associate Lynette is a member of the East Midlands Regional Planning Forum, and has been hosting a working group at our Westgate office to review the role of Planning Aid volunteers in the region. She is also a Planning Aid Volunteer.