Local volunteers and Travis Perkins plc transform Northampton Community Centre in just 48 hours

In just two days, 14 volunteers from the Travis Perkins plc pace management team, and local tradespeople, completely refurbished Standen’s Barn Community Centre in Northampton UK, into a welcoming, safe environment for groups to meet and socialise together.

Local volunteers and Travis Perkins plc transform Northampton Community Centre in just 48 hours

The charity Northampton Community Spaces, runs and manages eight community centres in total, and hosts around 77 groups, seven days a week.

Standen’s Barn was once a target for external vandalism, and in need of a new look. Within 48 hours, in partnership with charity Northampton Community Spaces, the team completed an entire refit and installation of the staff kitchen, redecorated the larger communal areas – including the meeting room and games room – and renovated the disabled toilets.

Travis Perkins plc supplied all internal building and decorating materials for the project, sourcing products from companies including Tile Giant, CCF, Keyline and Wickes. Beverley Cockbain at AkzoNobel also donated 15 tubs of Dulux paint. The new, solid oak kitchen was provided by Wickes employees, Tony Jones and Steven Ferry, the refit carried out by local kitchen fitters, Enzo Menna, Tom Moriarty, and electrician Shane Lothian.

Richard Turner, Management Team, Travis Perkins plc, said: “It has been brilliant to get involved with this project, not only by supplying materials but also helping with the redecorating work. It was all hands on deck to get everything completed in just 48 hours, but we did it! As a Northampton-based company, it’s fantastic to be able to help with local projects and we hope that residents enjoy the use of the newly refurbished Standen’s Barn community centre.”

Standen’s Barn now welcomes members of the community, from tiny-tots to the elderly, to enjoy their variety of different events and activities across the week.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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