Barratt graduates launch ‘Built by Both’

An initiative to encourage young women to embark on career paths within the house building industry.

Barratt graduates launched Built by Both last night; the industry-wide initiative is designed to help promote and encourage young women into roles within the house building industry. The team are focusing on retaining women already working in the built environment with the aim to continuing gender equality.

Each year, Barratt Development’s first year ASPIRE Programme graduates take part in The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Challenge, which aims to raise funds for the charity through entrepreneurial projects. The Prince’s Trust works to help young people in difficult situations to succeed by offering them practical and financial support. This year, Barratt graduates Megan Robinson, Stewart Long, Georgina Naish, Gabriella Daniell and Andrew Gyamfi set out to encourage more women to consider roles in the house building industry, by setting up the Built by Both network.

The concept for Built by Both came about as the graduates saw a need for change in the industry, due to the poor representation of women in the housebuilding sector. The network encompasses all sectors within the built environment to inspire the next generation of future leaders – whether they aspire to be developers, planners, architects, engineers or any other discipline.

Over 70 people attended the launch event, which was held on the roof terrace of CBRE’s London office, overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral. Guests from planning, architecture, real estate, construction, engineering, health and safety, and acoustics industries were in attendance, to show their support for the initiative.

Megan Robinson, Technical Graduate at Barratt London, opened the event: “Built by Both’s main objective is to inspire young women to embark on careers within the built environment and show credit to those already working in our industry. We aim to promote this initiative via educational experience days for students, and networking events for young women to meet inspirational role models.” 

Four guest speakers from around the industry also pledged their support of the initiative: 

Angela Brady OBE PPRIBA, Director at Brady Mallalieu architects (pictured left) spoke of her experience of gender parity within the industry and the power of balanced teams working together to build better places. Built by Both is a particular favourite of Angela’s as the network is inclusive of both sexes and encourages people to embrace diversity.

Lorna Walker, Director of UK Capital Markets at CBRE spoke about the changing face of the industry, including the work of the CBRE Women’s Network.
Samantha, Young Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust talked of her involvement with The Prince’s Trust, the immense support she has received from the trust, and the impact we can all have in supporting the charity.
Morley von Sternberg, an architectural and portrait photographer spoke of the representation of women in construction. He is leading a project with NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) on a photography book ‘The Image of Women in Construction’ to capture women who are working in the built environment.

The Built by Both team are currently in exciting conversation with very influential people and other networks within the industry, including NAWIC, RICS, Women in Planning, Women of London City Hall Network, Construction Youth and Get Her Trade to promote the future events. The group will hold student experience skills workshops, and INSPIRE // NETWORK events in September and October that will bring together industry role models to celebrate gender parity in all sub sectors of the built environment.

Megan finished her speech by saying that “together we can launch the construction industry into a new era for women”. Built by Both is here to make a real difference to how the industry perceives gender parity so to attend any of these events, please contact the team: builtbyboth@gmail.com

Follow the link to read more about The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Challenge on https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support-our-work/how-your-business-can-help/inspire-employees/million-makers