Crest Nicholson comes to the aid of Berkshire search and rescue charity

Crest Nicholson comes to the aid of Berkshire search and rescue charity

Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue (BLSR) will soon be moving into new premises at Arborfield Green after award-winning developers Crest Nicholson found them a temporary home within the former garrison site.

At the end of last year, BLSR were in desperate need of premises to operate from, and after a plea was aired on BBC Radio Berkshire, Crest Nicholson stepped in to provide a suitable building for their use. On Saturday 24th March, the charity began to move into their new premises at Arborfield Green – an old grounds maintenance building which was brought back into use ready for their occupation.

BLSR works in partnership with Thames Valley Police to search, locate and rescue high risk vulnerable missing persons, such as children and those living with dementia. A great deal of equipment is required to help manage the searches and the facility at Arborfield Green will provide a versatile storage space and ideal base for the charity.

Anil Bungar, Senior Development Director for Crest Nicholson said:

‘We are delighted to have been able to help Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue, at a time when they themselves were in real need. This team of volunteers have such a vital and important role in the local community and we look forward to welcoming them to Arborfield Green.’

Kris Manning, Chairman of Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue said:

“We are extremely grateful to Crest Nicholson for their generous support and also excited about joining the Arborfield Community. Having all of our vehicles and equipment located at a single base will enable a quicker response and in our world that means better outcomes for Search & Rescue incidents.”

With the latest release of new homes at Barkham Place which is widely considered to be the most desirable address in Arborfield Green, Crest Nicholson are committed to continue supporting the local community. For more information on new properties starting from £315,000, please contact Barkham Place Marketing Suite on: 0118 402 4768.

Notes to Editors

Attached photograph shows:
The BLSR team at the Arborfield Green Easter event on Saturday 24th March.
For further information about Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue visit:

For further information about Crest Nicholson contact:
Lauren Baker, Community Engagement Officer by emailing: or visit

About Crest Nicholson

Crest Nicholson is firmly established as a leading developer with a passion for not only building homes, but also for creating vibrant sustainable communities. With a southern-based bias, the FTSE250 Group has a track record spanning more than 50 years and a broad portfolio of developments which range in size and scale, from contemporary, large scale mixed-use developments to smaller, more traditional housing schemes. As a pioneer of its own Garden Village principles, the Company advocates a holistic approach to development embracing social, environmental and economic factors to create homes for all segments of the community. These developments are founded on good design, high-quality green spaces, and the greater involvement of local people in both vision and long term management.

In line with its commitment to help meet housing demand, apprentices make up c.10% of Crest Nicholson’s entire workforce, and the Group supports the development of jobs and skills at every level. The Group’s focus on upskilling its workforce has led to its Graduate Training scheme being awarded ‘Best Company to work for’ by The Job Crowd 2017 and its industry leading Site Management Academy was also named ‘Best Training or Recruitment Initiative’ at the Housebuilder Awards 2017. The Company is consistently listed in the FTSE4Good index.


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