Novus and Dulux donate materials to a local special school

  17 SEPTEMBER, 2020
teddy in room at horton lodge kiplings

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."

SEARCH
RECENT NEWS
new bench at care home

NOVUS AND CROWN PAINTS DONATE A NEW BENCH TO A SHELTERED SCHEME GARDEN

Having recently completed the patio area as part of another social value project, the newly gifted park bench was the perfect finishing touch. Made from recycled materials The bench donated to the project was made from entirely recycled materials, having been manufactured by Novus supply partner Crown Paints. To make the bench, Crown Paints recycled empty paint tins that had been returned to them, which was then given to Novus. Refurbishment contract with Clarion Housing In turn, Novus donated the bench to our clients Clarion Housing to be used at one of their sheltered scheme where Novus were undertaking a full refurbishment contract. Throughout the works, the residents at the sheltered scheme have reportedly been very pleased with the work that our teams have completed. This was reflected in the generous thank you card that our Southampton office recently received from the residents once the work was completed. Laura Shotter – Contract Liaison Officer for Novus Southampton said: “The residents were so complimentary about Novus and everyone that have been involved with the work. I look forward to going through each individual response and sharing them with the team.” “We would like to extend our thanks for their patience, support, and understanding. As a token of our gratitude, Novus wanted to give something back.” The garden and patio area The residents are very proud of their garden area and love spending time in the fresh air, either socialising, gardening, or just relaxing. Novus have recently completed the patio area of the garden as part of another social value project at the sheltered scheme. As such, the bench made a logical accompaniment to the patio area and the perfect gift to say thank you to the residents. What next? Novus will be revisiting the sheltered scheme in the coming weeks to plant some trees in their new car park area as part of another social value project. Our team will be meeting on-site with members of Clarion Housing where both teams will get stuck-in to help plant the saplings. Watch this space for updates and pictures. Being Authentic is the Novus Way Our work with communities and in social value initiatives such as this one embraces the Novus value of “Be Authentic”. Novus aim to demonstrate the importance of social value in any given contract and we work closely with our clients to help make a difference in local communities. More social value projects If you are interested in finding out more about Novus social value projects, take a look at https://www.novussolutions.co.uk/our-approach/csr  

INFORMATION ABOUT HOW WE USE COOKIES

We use cookies to make our site work. A cookie is a small file that we put on your device. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and allows us to improve our site.
OUR COOKIES
Necessary Cookies
Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.
Analytical Cookies
Analytical Cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information about how visitors use our site. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by ensuring that users are easily finding what they are looking.
Read more about the individual cookies we use, their duration and how to recognise them in our Cookie Policy.