Bristol housing service receives eye-catching makeover

  22 JUNE, 2015
Bristol housing service receives eye-catching makeover

We are among three national companies who joined forces to give a temporary housing service in Bristol a new lease of life.

Places for People Property Maintenance, Novus and Keepmoat used their combined experience to completely overhaul the Bristol Complex Needs facility in Stonebridge Park, in the Fishponds area of the city.

Run and managed by Places for People Individual Support, the facility offers temporary support and housing for 22 single homeless men with a range of support needs. The facility provides accommodation and social/psychological support to the young men as they make the transition towards independent living.

In just five days, more than 40 skilled tradespeople set about providing the facility with a fresh, new look. This involved installing brand new kitchens for staff and residents, turning the common room into a café with a new floor, tables and chairs and redecorating large areas of the building. In addition, new decking and a gazebo were installed outside.

Suppliers such as Dulux Trade, Moores Furniture Group, Falcon Contract Flooring and Travis Perkins also played an important role, donating materials to ensure the project was finished on time and in style.

Jamie Dickinson, head of social value at Places for People, said: “We work closely with our contractors to provide the best possible homes and improve everyday life for our customers. Getting our Major Works contractors to work together on projects like this, even though they are competitors, is a great achievement and demonstrates everyone’s commitment to supporting our local communities. The project has made a real difference and will really help our customers to get their lives back on track.”  

We have set ourself the target of changing 10,000 lives as part of our Changing Lives campaign, with this project forming an integral part of that commitment.

Neil Hand, Novus’ managing director, added: “We are extremely proud of our Changing Lives programme and had no hesitation in getting involved with this fantastic project. It was a challenge to undertake the work in just a week, but we’re confident that the residents now have an inspiring space in which to continue their journey to independence.”

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