A Splash of Colour for Llay Community Centre

  27 SEPTEMBER, 2016
A Splash of Colour for Llay Community Centre

We’ve helped local youngsters transform a dilapidated community centre near Wrexham, providing residents with a better, more colourful view.

We’re currently using the former community centre in Llay for storage while carrying out a series of kitchen and bathroom refurbishments for Wrexham County Council in the village, and our Wrexham team came up with the idea to get the local community involved to help improve the site.

We gave children and parents from the village the chance to make the surrounding area more pleasing to the eye, by painting on boards installed around the fencing to hide the skips from view.
An open invitation to any children and young adults from Llay to join us in decorating the boards before they were put up was greeted enthusiastically, and there was a great turn-out by volunteers.

Llay Councillor Rob Walsh, who was there on the day and was delighted to see an old ‘eyesore’ transformed, commented: “I’m very grateful to Novus for organising this. It’s not the best view for residents to wake up to every morning, so these colourful boards will improve that. It’s been a great way for everyone to spend a day out of the school holiday, out in the sun, doing something positive for the community.”

Our planned works manager, Jezz Anderson said: “We were amazed by the way the community in Llay pulled together and pitched in to improve the site.

“As a business, we’re committed to having a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. Our Changing Lives campaign has positively impacted the lives of more than 10,000 people since it was launched at the start of 2015, with this project in Llay further evidence of our commitment.”

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Novus were already working on a building refurbishment contract at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, where 3 respite overnight bedrooms were in need of redecoration. Novus and supply partner Dulux were happy to donate materials to the cause.  Horton Lodge Community Special School Situated in the picturesque lakeside village of Rudyard in Staffordshire, lies Horton Lodge School. As a special school, it aims to "provide high-quality teaching and learning where children are challenged and every individual is valued." The school caters for children aged from 2 to 11 years with physical disabilities, with many of the pupils experiencing additional learning difficulties, complex communication needs, and visual and / or hearing impairments. As the Stoke Sentinel reported in September, Horton Lodge was one of five Staffordshire schools that stood to lose funding for children’s overnight stays from this term before the funding cuts were ultimately put on hold. The refurbishment contract Horton Lodge has a residential provision known as "Kiplings" so named due to its proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for the school's children and young people.  The provision is designed to help build independent living skills as children learn to feed and bathe themselves, read to each other, and take part in creative activities. As part of the works, 3 bedrooms within Kiplings were in desperate need of refurbishment and redecoration, as the windows tended to leak into the rooms causing damp damage to the flooring and skirting. Novus were awarded the contract to carry out the refurbishments on the school, these works included: Refitting windows and doors to bedrooms Replacing the carpets Roof repairs Boiler replacement Shower refurbishments When complete, the refurbishments were described as a "real boost" to the school by the Headteacher. Donation of materials At the time, Horton Lodge were asking for donations of paint and curtains to redecorate their bedrooms in time for the return of the children after the summer break. Novus sourced the curtains and window tracks from a local Staffordshire supplier and donated them for use in the bedrooms. Supply partners Dulux also kindly donated the paint required to redecorate the bedrooms, which equated to over 65 litres free of charge. The school caretaker then decorated the bedrooms himself. Chris Lear, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Novus Property Solutions said: "It was our pleasure to donate these materials to Horton Lodge, the work they do with young people here is inspirational and we hope the children enjoy their new bedrooms."

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