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 provided a complete overhaul of Standen’s Barn Community Centre – in partnership with local charity Northampton Community Spaces.

Travis Perkins plc ‘Pace’ management team and local tradespeople collaborated with charity Northampton Community Spaces to refurbish one of their Community Centres, Standen’s Barn, into a warm, welcoming and safe place for groups to meet and socialise together – the entire project was completed in only 48 hours.

Standen’s Barn was known to the local area as a target for external vandalism, and was in need of a fresh, new look. In just two days, the team completed:

● A complete refit and installation of the kitchen for staff and visitors
● Redecoration of the larger communal areas including the meeting room and games room
● Renovation of the disabled toilets

Travis Perkins plc supplied all internal building and decorating materials for the project including sourcing products from companies across the group including Tile Giant, CCF, Keyline and Wickes. 15 tubs of Dulux paint was also donated from Beverley Cockbain at AkzoNobel.

The 14 volunteers from the company’s management team concentrated on the redecoration tasks, including the painting of all communal areas. The kitchen, featured in solid oak, was provided by Wickes employees Tony Jones and Steven Ferry and the refit was carried out by local tradespeople, including local kitchen fitters Enzo Menna and Tom Moriarty, along with electrician Shane Lothian.

The charity Northampton Community Spaces, which runs and manages eight community centres in total, is very popular and host around 77 groups, seven days a week. Standen’s Barn welcomes members of the local community from all walks of life, from tiny-tots to the elderly, and hosts a variety of events and activities across the week.

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.”


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