The Berkeley Group builds homes and neighbourhoods. We focus on creating beautiful, successful places in London and the South of England. We work together with other people to tackle the shortage of good quality homes, and make a lasting contribution to the landscape and to the communities we help create.
Sustainability is at the heart of Berkeley. Our single biggest contribution is to create new places that grace their surroundings and will stand the test of time. The environmental performance of each site is monitored tightly and we publish independent research measuring our social and economic impact.
The Berkeley Group was voted Britain's Most Admired Company across all industries in 2011 and Housebuilder of the Year from 2010 to 2012. In 2014, we won the Queens Award for Enterprise, and have come top of the Next Generation benchmark for the last eight years, which ranks the UK's 25 biggest housebuilders on sustainability.
The Berkeley Foundation was set up in 2011 by the Berkeley Group in March 2011. It is a registered charity that supports young people and their families in the communities in which Berkeley works.
The Foundation focuses on making a difference in four key areas: developing people's skills, helping them secure a job, ensuring they can have a home, and supporting people to live positively with illness or disability.
In its first four years, the Foundation has committed £6.7 million to more than 70 charities and worthy causes. These range from in-depth Strategic Partnerships with programmes like Street Elite and charities like Shelter and Crisis, to smaller scale partnerships with the local Designated Charities chosen by staff in our offices and sites.
Berkeley has pioneered a toolkit which looks at people's quality of life and the strength of a community.
At West End Green we have carried out social sustainability workshops to determine what the priorities are for the area, and how these can feed into the development.
We will continue to work and develop measures designed specifically to enhance the community elements of the development and foster interactions between the existing community and those moving into the area.
More detail can be found here.