In May 2015, Saint-Gobain awarded a total of £75,000 fund refurbishment measures in community buildings nominated by employees, as part of its ‘Nominate to Renovate’ competition.
Six community projects were awarded a share of this prize money to fund building materials and labour, and work is now underway on each of the winning projects.
Appleby Scout Hut
The hut was originally built in 1975 to house the Appleby Scout group, as well as other local community groups, and was awarded £30,000 by Saint-Gobain – the top prize – to help renovate the ageing building. Due to severe flooding in the area at the end of 2015, the renovation has only recently begun, with the flooring being completely stripped and replaced.
Emma Wilson, who has been coordinating the renovation work at the hut, said: “The building was in such as bad state of repair that holes had appeared in the floor where it had rotted through, which we only realised when we lifted the floor covering to begin the renovation. It has been quite a task to repair the flooring, and we are currently installing insulation in the floor as well as the walls.”
“It has been hard work and we are still a long way off completion, but we are looking forward to spending our first summer in a transformed building thanks to British Gypsum, the wider Saint-Gobain businesses and the local community who have really got behind this project wholeheartedly.”
Lamont City Farm Project
The project, run entirely by volunteers, allows visitors to interact with a wide variety of animals, including traditional farm, domestic and exotic animals - almost all of which are rescued. With the £10,000 of building materials supplied by Saint-Gobain, new stable doors have been built, flooring replaced in the tearoom, a new boiler and CCTV installed and new fencing erected, creating a welcoming and friendly environment for visitors.
“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to this newly refurbished space. The new materials have given the farm a much-needed facelift, and we hope that more visitors will be able to enjoy this space and interact with our animals”, said Trisha Craig who runs the Lamont City Farm Project.
Scout Hut Renovation, Stretton on Dunsmore
The Scout group was awarded £5,000 to help transform a disused cricket pavilion into an up-to-date, multi-purpose space. Once work has been completed, the group will benefit from a larger space that can be used for a number of activities and events. As well as the electrics being fully updated, walls have now been knocked down to make the most of the available space, and insulated to ensure efficiency.
Vicki Ledger, Group Scout Leader, said: “The Scout hut is coming along really well, and we are so grateful to Saint-Gobain for the boost in funding that we so desperately needed. The new space will benefit our current Scouts, and we hope will continue to do so for future generations.”
Richard Halderthay, Director of Communications at Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, said: “We are committed to supporting local community development as an important part of our CSR commitment, helping to provide efficient and sustainable buildings that are also comfortable for users.
“The competition was also a great way to celebrate Saint-Gobain’s 350th anniversary in 2015, giving employees the opportunity to create lasting legacies within local communities.
“We are thrilled to see these projects coming together, and in the coming months, we hope that these buildings can be up and running once again, benefitting local communities”.