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Lakehouse becomes fourth firm to commit £20k to #loveLIVES campaign

Lakehouse has become the fourth contractor to commit £20,000 to the #loveLIVES campaign.

The firm, whose founder and former CEO is Steve Rawlings, CEO of Building Lives, has pledged £20,000 to the ongoing campaign to secure the short-term future of Building Lives.

Sean Birrane, who joined the company almost 20 years ago as a contracts manager and was named chief executive in October 2014, said the company was keen to support the campaign being run by Construction News, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and KPMG.

It means the #loveLIVES appeal has now raised more than £140,000 in two weeks since the campaign was started.

Mr Birrane said Building Lives had made an “enormous difference” to the lives of young people, often from disadvantaged communities in London, and encouraged other firms to support the #loveLIVES campaign.

“This is an investment in long-term careers for young people who may otherwise have never considered a life in construction and we’re encouraging the industry to back Building Lives,” he said.

In order to survive and continue to employ 37 staff, as well as get almost 200 young people into apprenticeships, the #loveLIVES campaign needs to raise £400,000 in 50 days.

Last week, Morgan Sindall joined Canary Wharf Contractors Fund and Laing O’Rourke in pledging £20,000 towards the campaign.

Mr Birrane said: “We’ve had a great relationship with Building Lives over many years and have long championed the excellent work it does to support the industry and aspiring construction professionals.  We’re proud to share these same values. 

“Training programmes like these are not only vital in boosting the industry’s workforce but we’ve also seen first-hand the enormous difference that Building Lives has made to young people, often in struggling communities across London.”


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