HS2 helping the local community

Throughout 2023, EKFB have been heavily involved in supporting community initiatives in and around Brackley and are continuing their collaboration with communities in 2024.

EKFB is a joint venture appointed to deliver civil engineering across 80km of HS2, the new high speed railway for Britain.

Community groups

Last year EKFB supported the Brackley Allotment Association at two of their locations in Brackley by donating nearly 2,000 hedgerow plants that were used to fill in gaps along existing hedgerows, members of our construction team assisted with the repair of a section of collapsed dry stone wall and through collaboration with subcontractor HW Martin were able to replace deteriorated fencing securing the allotments Egerton Site. 

EKFB continue to support community groups and in February 2024 helped deliver donations to the West Northants Food Larder, visiting Brackley and Helmdon.  They also ran a food drive at EKFB’s Brackley Office, making donations to the Brackley Food Bank in September and Brackley Elves in December. 

Local schools

Last year, EKFB collaborated with their subcontractor HW Martin to support Bracken Leas Primary School with their outdoor learning area. Providing saplings for their forest school area, wildflower and sunflower seeds, natural log planters and wood chippings for paths. HW Martin also aided in the removal of trees that had fallen along the school’s fence line. 

EKFB also helped create an outdoor forest school area for Radstone Primary School.  Over 20 volunteers from HW Martin, Venesky-Brown, teachers from Radstone Primary School and EKFB gathered at the school equipped with tools, materials and enthusiasm. Pallets, which were saved by the project, were repurposed by local project carpenters to create bespoke pieces such as a seating area and study bench, raised planters, a wendy house and a large mud kitchen. Bedding plants, including strawberry plants, daffodils and pansies, were carefully selected and planted to create a vibrant and educational garden. Logs, sourced from a nearby housing development, were reused to create a natural play area to inspire creative den building also including the creation of a fun trim trail created from log slabs. What was once an empty and inviting patch of land became a dynamic outdoor classroom, complete with seating, planters bursting with colourful flowers, and natural play elements.

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