Our mission is to always have community at the heart of everything we do.
As a house builder, Laragh is different. We genuinely respect local communities and strive to enhance the locations where we build in the East of England. For example, to provide quality developments that benefit everyone, we engage closely with residents and organisations, listening carefully and responding to their ideas and concerns.
We’re dedicated to supporting local causes, providing event sponsorship and fundraising for charities. Also, to help young people enter the industry, we’re happy to offer work experience placements when possible.
Our thoughtful approach is woven into our day-to-day practice, and has been recognised with a Cambridge News & Media Property Award. Discover more about our corporate social responsibility work below.
A great example of our corporate social responsibility is our collaboration with the Stretham and Wilburton Community Land Trust (CLT) on our Manor Farm development in Cambridgeshire.
We worked closely with the CLT to ensure that our new homes integrated seamlessly into the wider community. Our extensive consultation has resulted in a high-quality development that benefits the local people as well as new home buyers.
Manor Farm offers a new doctor’s surgery, a large green, footpaths, cycle routes, bridleways and small business units to help support the village amenities and economy. A third of new homes are affordable, and spread among other homes to create a balanced community, with all properties designed to be highly-energy efficient.
We also stay in involved with village life by supporting the annual Stretham Feast, an event which dates back to 1877 and holds a special place in people’s hearts. Having won the Cambridge News & Media Property Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for this work, it proudly demonstrates how we are devoted to building positive neighbourhoods as well as superior homes.
Providing affordable homes
As part of our responsibility as a house builder, we provide excellent quality affordable homes through shared ownership and Help to Buy schemes. By thoughtfully designing our developments so affordable properties are set among standard properties, we create a greater sense of belonging for everyone.
A great example of this is our partnership with the Stretham and Wilburton Community Land Trust (SWCLT) on the Manor Farm development.
The CLT represents the interests of local people who struggle to buy or afford private rents in the area. In partnership with the Trust, we designed and built affordable homes, giving people new opportunities to buy on a shared ownership basis or rent from the CLT. The partnership also resulted in new amenities including a new GP surgery, green spaces and walking routes. Sales from our own properties on Manor Farm subsidised the cost of these community assets.
Supporting good causes
Each year we carefully select not-for-profit organisations and events to support. If there’s a personal connection to someone at Laragh or a link to a community we work with, we will always consider getting involved.
Scrubs for Cambridgeshire
During 2020 we have proudly supported Scrubs for Cambridgeshire, an amazing community group
created to help the NHS by making scrubs and bereavement bags for local hospitals, surgeries, care homes and hospices.
This incredible initiative saw the group grow to more than 500 members with 300 machinists throughout Cambridgeshire helping to meet a vast NHS need during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have achieved incredible work and our contribution was to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful people giving time to make scrubs for the NHS in our community.
For more information, please visit: Scrubs for Cambridgeshire / Helping the NHS Facebook Page
Lode Half Marathon
Laragh’s sponsorship of the 2019 Lode Half Marathon and Family Fun Run supported a fantastic Cambridgeshire community event which raised more than £6,000 for charitable causes.
The fundraiser for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) Brain Tumour Research Fund was in memory of Edward Shrubbs, one of the founder members of the Lode Half Marathon. A spokesperson for the Event Committee said: “With Laragh’s help, we raised an amazing £6,000 for Brain Tumour Research in Edward Shrubbs’ name and hundreds of pounds more for the local Red2Green Charity. The event was a great success; it not only sold out well before race day, but was also enjoyed by a wonderful group of locals, supporters and stewards who all paid tribute. We would like to say a huge thank you to Laragh for all their hard work, support and in getting the medals and trophies to us.”
For more information, please visit: www.loderunners.co.uk
Erb’s Palsy Group
As the 2018 nominated charity, we raised money for the Erb’s Palsy Group. Erb’s palsy, also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis, is a condition which, mainly due to birth trauma, can affect some or all of the nerves that provide movement and feeling to an arm. For many, the trauma can result in a life-long and life-changing disability. This wonderful charity supports, inspires and makes such a difference to the children, adults and families affected by Erb’s palsy and works tirelessly in educating medical professionals on good practices to prevent this avoidable injury.
We are honoured to help the group in their mission to educate health care professionals about the condition and help families find expert care.
For more information, please visit www.erbspalsygroup.co.uk
Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust
We’ve been corporate partners of the Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust since 2016, and have supported the theatre during many different productions. We proudly sponsor their annual family pantomimes, which last year saw record-breaking visitor numbers and this year sees Laragh as lead sponsors for the theatre’s pantomime production of Aladdin!
As an independent charity, and an important part of the city’s arts and culture community, we’re thrilled to support this theatre – helping to secure its future and ongoing work, which inspires and nurtures a love of the arts.
For more information, please visit www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
Stephanie Waddelow, motorbike racer
In 2017 we sponsored Stephanie Waddelow, a Cambridge-based female bike racer who has been racing since she was just 11 years-old. When she isn’t working at estate agency, Carter Jonas, Stephanie competes at national championship level on race tracks including Brands Hatch and Silverstone during the racing season.
Our sponsorship helps to cover Stephanie’s costs, enabling her to secure a championship and achieve as many lap records as possible.
BRJ Laragh Duathlon
As lead sponsors of the BRJ Laragh Duathlon, this excellent cross-country event is organised by the BRJ Run and Tri, a club of around 200 runners and triathletes based in Huntingdon.
Designed for both novice and experienced athletes, the popular run and cycle race across rural Cambridgeshire helps to create challenges and raise money for charity, providing a fantastic day for everyone involved.
For more information, please visit www.brjrunandtri.org
Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club
We’re a proud sponsor of Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club (CRUFC), the leading rugby club in the East of England. This club plays senior rugby in National League 1 and offers great opportunities for children and young people who want to get involved in sport. Coaches also engage with local schools, making the CRUFC a true community-focused organisation, and a perfect partner for Laragh.
For more information, please visit www.crufc.co.uk