Space Architects (Europe) Limited

http://www.spacearchitects.co.uk

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THE NORTH OF England could have an air of Sweden if this built environment consultancy's Spacehus takes off. Space Group's employees believe it is good at giving something back, and its Scandinavian-style timber cabin aims to use as little energy as possible. Space Group, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, doesn't just revolve around profits (an 80% positive score). The company's mission is "to make life better" and it makes a difference to the world with the buildings it designs, constructs and operates (85%, and a top 10 score). Although it is "very conscious that we emit carbon and that the industry does not have a very green reputation", it also works with biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and solar panels. The firm does a lot to protect the environment, its 123 people say (86%, ranking 11th) with a sustainability group to monitor energy use and waste, and it encourages staff to save resources and use public transport. It is just as keen to consider local communities at its head office and sites in Leeds and Manchester (77%). The organisation supports Young Enterprise, Children North East, and the Reclaim young people's mentoring charity in the northwest . "We believe in creating sustainable communities, and as part of this belief, we work in our local communities to support their growth", the company explains. Space Group began as Waring and Netts in 1957. From the start, the focus was social housing, and this expanded to health centres, schools and now all kinds of developments. The partnership became a limited company and then in 2008 adopted a new name, inspired by Sir Winston Churchill. "We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us," the former British prime minister said. In a similar way, the employees at Space Group help to mould the company, with everyone making a valuable contribution to its success (85%). The company has a top 20 overall score for Personal Growth (83%) and human resources manager Diane Charlton is there to help everyone achieve their potential (79%). Architects earn a typical £37,000 a year, with a final-salary pension after six months of service. People don't feel exhausted at the end of a day (62%) thanks to caring colleagues (91%) and co-ordinated departments (78%). And with log cabins to dream up and spas to build, they don't ever feel bored (86%). spacegroup.co.uk

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My Team

99% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Space group runs a series of events for their entire team. Each year, they hold a family BBQ, where they encourage their team members to bring their partners and children, there is a races day for team members and their partners and a Christmas Dinner for team members and their partners. Space also encourages each team to socialise outside of work and strengthen the bonds they have.

Leadership

97% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

Space have supported several team members in progressing with their professional qualifications. They continue to support all of their graduates in achieving their qualifications. Their trainees are all encouraged to continue their studies with day release and progress to the end of their course. It is testament to their commitment and the skills that they have gained while studying with Space and at their respective educational institutions that their graduates often return to work with them after qualifying.

Personal Growth

97% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Space have supported several team members in progressing with their professional qualifications. They continue to support all of their graduates in achieving their qualifications. Their trainees are all encouraged to continue their studies with day release and progress to the end of their course. It is testament to their commitment and the skills that they have gained while studying with Space and at their respective educational institutions that their graduates often return to work with them after qualifying.

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