Queen's Jubilee celebration demonstrates how community sits at the heart of the Heath Park vision
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee provided SOG Group with a perfect platform to illustrate the importance of community to the vision for Heath Park.
The Heath Park concept evolved from a global competition challenging architects, designers, planners, and forward thinkers to create a sustainable futuristic environment, powered by renewable energy, where people can live, work and play. This resulted in an extraordinary scheme to meet the challenges of Climate Change through the creation of a 21st century version of Port Sunlight.
Heath Park reflects the ethos that The Heath Business and Technical places on community engagement, which is a unique part of the business model of SOG Group, the site owners.
SOG boss John Lewis MBE says: Although first and foremost The Heath is a place for business, over the years we have a built a reputation for engaging with our community by allowing our facilities to be enjoyed by local residents, young and elderly. Its something that I believe sets us apart from other business parks where we are able to stage a wide range of events and functions which generate a genuine community spirit here.
The ethos for Heath Parks is modelled on Port Sunlight, the Victorian village built by industrialist Viscount Leverhulme in the 1800s to address appalling living conditions of the time. Lord Leverhulmes inspiring idea created houses and community facilities in a healthy environment for workers of his soap factory, and our goal is to see that a 21st century version of Port Sunlight evolves here at Heath Park in the future.
Among the many events we organise for local people, our monthly Eat@TheHeath lunches for local residents have become immensely popular. To mark The Queens Jubilee, we organised a very special celebration that underpins our commitment to our community.
Eileen Miller, The Heaths Site Charter and Community Manager, says: We entertained around 200 people including some of the carers who accompanied some of our guests. Most of our guests are over 50s, though many are in their 70s and 80s with our eldest attendee Doreen Russell who is a spritely 93-years-old! We also reserved two tables for younger people who are linked with M-Power, one of our resident businesses on The Heath, which offer assistance to people with learning, physical or sensory impairments.
Guests who attended on Wednesday, June 1st were encouraged to wear something red, white or blue and were treated to an afternoon tea with Bucks Fizz and non-alcoholic drinks and entertained by singer Lainey with lots of patriotic songs.
The Heath Park project is considered an exemplary project underpinning the Governments 10-point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, and aligns with the strategy for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. It has been adopted as a Beacon Project by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and features in the Governments Global Investment Atlas.
The Heath Park concept revolves around retaining buildings on the Brownfield site through an innovative scheme to repurpose existing buildings alongside new developments to create a Net Zero environment powered by renewable energy. The vision is the culmination of more than two years of methodical research and effort validated by experts, including leading academics from Liverpool and Lancaster Universities. Among a number of innovations is a world-leading Vertical Farm powered entirely by renewable energy.
About The Heath
The Heath Business and Technical Park is a phenomenal regeneration success story. Formed in 2000, its owner and operator, SOG Ltd, has transformed a once single occupancy corporate facility into a thriving independent business park. The Heath now provides office and laboratory accommodation for more than 120 individual organisations, ranging from business services and IT specialists to those at the cutting edge of science, research and advanced manufacturing. Around 2,000 people are employed at the site. For further information, telephone 01928 515988 or visit www.theheath.com
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8th June 2022