Alumasc Facades Returns to Help with BBC’s DIY SOS Project

Alumasc Facades were delighted to be asked back to help Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS team to complete a truly remarkable project; returning to renovate the final empty house in a village for military veterans in Manchester.

The project, which started 2 years ago, transformed an entire street into a community for ex-servicemen and women to live in. Its profile was raised by the presence of Prince William and Prince Harry amongst the hundreds of volunteers that joined the DIY SOS team to bring the vision to reality.

Last year, the final home was renovated for a decorated former soldier, Simon Flores and his young family. Presenter Nick said: “We have done some brilliant builds down the years but this really is the end of the greatest project the DIY SOS team have carried out.

“It will certainly be a bittersweet moment when we close the door on the final home knowing we’ve built some superb houses with the necessary support, employment and community services available to help our veterans now and in the years to come.”

Alumasc were proud to provide Alumasc Polymer Render (MR S5) to help completely rejuvenate the external wall of this home and all 61 of the others in the village. The Alumasc Polymer Render is a BBA approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 year when used over the Swisslab or Swisspan EWI systems.

L-R: Alumasc Area Technical Manager Andrew Gait, James Richardson of Haig Housing, Site Surveyor Kevin Atkinson

Regional Technical Manager Andrew Gait comments on completion of the project:

“It goes without saying that Alumasc Facades was very keen to support this big build project for DIY SOS. From start to finish, the project was a massive team effort – all the contractors and suppliers on site were highly supportive of each other and our only objective was to provide a much-needed community for some of our most deserving war veterans.

“The use of the Alumasc Polymer Render has helped to create a stunning and weathertight finish to the homes that will protect the building against the elements for years to come.

The episode featuring the final house reveal of the project airs tonight on BBC at 8pm.

Christmas Support for Three Local Charitable Initiatives

Alumasc staff with shoe-boxes for the homeless
Alumasc staff with shoe-boxes for the homeless

Alumasc is proud to be supporting three local, charitable causes this Christmas: The Shoebox Full of Love Homeless Appeal, WISH FM’s Toy Appeal and Dreams for Children.

The Shoebox Full of Love Homeless Appeal is an appeal aimed at distributing shoe-boxes of Christmas cheer to the homeless, vulnerable people and veterans of Merseyside.

Linda Carter of Alumasc explains: “In the last few years we’ve supported less fortunate children at Christmas time, buying gifts for local appeals. This year, I also came across A Shoebox Full of Love appeal – aimed at the homeless. Our St Helens office staff liked this idea and we delivered a good number of shoe-boxes to our local collection point just along the road.”

The shoe-boxes contained gifts including: gloves, scarfs, hats, soaps, food, wash-bag items, sweets for the children etc. It was a good effort by all concerned which was greatly appreciated by the coordinators of the appeal.

Simone, one of the coordinators of the appeal, expressed her thanks. “Big thank-you to Linda Carter & all of the staff at Alumasc for lots and lots of shoe boxes, big hearts in St Helens this Monday, we’re overwhelmed with gratitude” she said.

Find out more by visiting The Shoebox Full of Love Homeless Appeal Facebook Page

Gifts donated by Alumasc staff for the WISH FM Toy Appeal
Gifts donated by Alumasc staff for the WISH FM Toy Appeal

The WISH FM Toy Appeal was set up to provide Christmas presents to disadvantaged children across St Helens and Wigan.

Alumasc were delighted to deliver over £300 worth of toys to WISH FM who will be distributing the gifts to over 20 different charities and schools.

The gifts will be gratefully received by families struggling with financial hardship or suffering with bereavement.

Find out more by visiting: WISHFM.net

Dreams for Children is a newly registered children’s charity aimed at providing dream days to children fighting life-threatening illness in Merseyside.

Registered in July 2015, Dreams for Children was set up in memory of the inspirational Catherine Strickland, a 12-year-old girl from Crosby who fought cancer bravely for 3 years, passing away in 2013. Catherine’s family were unable to do everything they wanted to do as a family while Catherine’s short life was coming to an end due to financial difficulty and emotional strain.

Catherine Strickland during chemotherapy
Catherine Strickland during chemotherapy

The charity aims to ensure that families coping with a seriously ill child are able to do something special together as a family at such a difficult period in their lives.

There are other seriously ill children in Merseyside who do not get the chance to do something special during or after treatment for a life threatening illness. This could be due to lack of funds, time or emotional strain.

Dreams for Children aims to ease the burden on these families by helping to arrange magical days for these brave children and their families, providing them with memories that last a life-time.

Instead of buying Christmas Cards for each other this year, Alumasc staff decided to put the money usually spent on cards towards supporting this new charity. All money raised by Dreams for Children will go directly towards helping to make the dreams of a seriously ill child in Merseyside come true.

Find out more by visiting: DreamsforChildren.org.uk

New pictures of DIY SOS Project reveal amazing transformation using Alumasc Render

After1Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team have spent two weeks transforming 2 streets in Newton Heath, Manchester for army veterans and their families. The project, the team’s largest undertaking to date, involved hundreds of volunteers, including Alumasc Facades who have installed Alumasc M.R. S5 Render to the external facades of 62 homes.

New pictures have been revealed, showing the true extent of the transformation of the properties in New Street and Canada Street. Three larger homes were also created to house veterans and their families, including a walk-in support centre. 17 of the homes will be run by charity Haig Housing, with the aim to create a special veterans’ community.

Regional Sales Manager Andrew Gait comments on completion of the project:

Before“It goes without saying that Alumasc Facades was very proud to be involved in the big build for DIY SOS. From start to finish, the project was a massive team effort – all the contractors and suppliers on site were highly supportive of each other and our only objective was to provide a much-needed community for some of our most deserving war veterans.

“The M.R S5 Polymer Plain Render has created a stunning clean finish to the homes and will provide a reinforcing layer to the mortar, protecting against weather, damp, pollutants and impact damage.

(L) Alumasc Regional Sales Manager Andy Gait and (R) Alumasc Business Manager Stewart Taylor
(L) Alumasc Regional Sales Manager Andy Gait and (R) Alumasc Business Manager Stewart Taylor

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working alongside the BBC on a ground-breaking project – and despite the challenges of getting the entire installation finished in 12 days, I know that none of our team would hesitate in doing it again.”

Don’t miss the full story, broadcast over 2 episodes, starting this Wednesday, 14th, on BBC1 at 8pm and concluding on Wednesday 21st at the same time.

For more information M.R S5 Render systems from Alumasc, click here, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

Alumasc Facades proud to help with DIY SOS Veteran’s Project

Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team have embarked on their most ambitious project to date this summer as they take on the urgent issues of empty home sand homeless veterans.

Over the course of 2 episodes, an entire Manchester street will be transformed to provide the basis of a new community. The street comprises 62 homes, 22 of which are currently empty. 7 of the properties will be reconfigured into 3 homes and a new training centre, which will sit alongside the housing development for the retraining of wounded soldiers in a number of different trades. On completion, the homes will be gifted to Haig Housing; a Housing Association that runs schemes specifically for veterans.

L-R: Alumasc Regional Sales Manager Andrew Gait, James Richardson of Haig Housing, Alumasc Site Surveyor Kevin Atkinson
L-R: Alumasc Regional Sales Manager Andrew Gait, James Richardson of Haig Housing, Alumasc Site Surveyor Kevin Atkinson

In addition, the entire street will be streetscaped and the facades of all 62 homes completely rejuvenated using M.R. S5 Render from Alumasc.

Following discussions with of the main contractors on the project, Alumasc were only too pleased to offer their product and services to the cause, which has to be turned around within a 12 day period. Regional Sales Manager Andrew Gait explains:


“This is one of the most worthwhile projects that Alumasc has ever been involved in and the decision to offer our help came very easily. Given the tight timescales, we offered the M.R S5 Render for its ease of application – it’s been a challenging experience for all concerned but the atmosphere on site has been brilliant and we are all very proud to be part of it.”

The episodes are due to broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday 14th October and Wednesday 21st October – although the dates have yet to be confirmed.

For more information visit alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

Alumasc’s support helps send local junior football team to St George’s Park

Woolston RoversAlumasc have begun its support of local junior football team, Woolston Rovers Bulldogs by sponsoring the clubs’ Under 12’s side, helping fund their trip to the England Football Teams National Headquarters at St Georges Park.

Alumasc are proud to be kit sponsors of the 9-a-side team and helped subsidise the trip. Additional funding was undertaken by the coaching staff, players and parents through various events including a race night and supermarket bag packing.

The 12 player squad visited the headquarters based in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire where they enjoyed a full tour of the brand new state of the art facilities, a two hour training session with an England coach and use of the England changing rooms. The day was concluded with each player being presented with their own, fully personalised, England kit.

The Bulldogs also got the chance to rub shoulders with professional football clubs including Championship side Norwich City, League One’s Oldham Athletic and Romanian outfit Steau Bucharest.

Woolston RoversSpeaking of the trip, Team Coach Mike Roberts said “The experience of enjoying such unique facilities will stay with the boys forever, the look on their faces as they entered the changing room to see their name and number on an England shirt was fantastic to witness.”

Team Manager, Jackie Thomson added, “We are very grateful to Alumasc for sponsoring our team which has allowed us to give this very special experience to our players which they thoroughly enjoyed and which I’m sure they will remember fondly as they grow up.”

Woolston Rovers Bulldogs play in the Warrington Junior Football league which is the largest of its kind in the country.  The club has 28 teams ranging from under 7’s through to under 18’s.  As an FA chartered club the Bulldogs team follows the ethics of junior football ensuring that all players are treated equally from the training given by qualified coaches to equal game time on match days.

Stewart Taylor, Alumasc Facades Sales Director said of the support, “We are proud to sponsor a locally based team which offers the same opportunities to all players regardless of their ability and it’s great to know that we helped them to enjoy what sounds like such an invaluable experience.”

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Alumasc Supports 2014 Christmas Gift Appeal

gift appeal croppedAlumasc is proud to have supported a gift appeal for children aged 0-18 years old run by St. Helens Council’s Children and Young People’s Service, the purpose of which was to help make a difference to the lives of underprivileged children in St Helens.

To help bring back the magic of Christmas to those who aren’t as lucky as most of us, The Children and Young People’s Service asked local individuals and companies to buy an extra gift whilst doing their Christmas shopping and to drop it at a nearby collection point.

Staff from Alumasc came together to support the cause, donating a selection of gifts suitable for a variety of ages to help bring smiles to the faces of local children.

Childrens Centre CroppedCouncillor Alison Bacon, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services said:

“It is very sad that while most people look forward to the festive season there are children in St Helens who have little or nothing to look forward to with the arrival of Santa very unlikely. This is why this appeal is so important to help families out at this time of year.”

Linda Sweeney from Alumasc says:

“This is such a worthwhile initiative to support. There are children out there who won’t get a single present this Christmas for one reason or another. Knowing how much other children will receive this Christmas, it is great to help those less fortunate by giving them a special gift and making them happy

The presents were distributed to local Children, who without the campaign, would otherwise have been left with no gifts at Christmas.

Christmas Toy Appeal 2014

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Alumasc is pleased to be supporting a gift appeal for children aged 0-18 years old run by St. Helens Council’s Children and Young People’s Service. We have chosen to support this particular appeal because our head office is located in St. Helens and therefore we are providing gifts for children within our local community.

To bring smiles to the faces of those who aren’t as lucky as most of us, the appeal asks people to buy an extra gift whilst doing their Christmas shopping and to drop it (unwrapped) at one of the local drop off-points around St Helens.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Schools and Lifelong Learning said:

“For many of our young people and their families these may be the only gifts they receive.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who contribute to the project to ensure a happy Christmas and for bringing such joy to many young people.”

Staff from Alumasc have come together in previous years for similar causes. Last year we supported the Real Radio and Smooth Radio’s Christmas Toy Appeal in a big way and we are hoping for an even bigger success with staff coming together to support this local cause this Christmas.

Linda Sweeney from Alumasc says:

“This is such a worthwhile initiative to support. There are children out there who won’t get a single present this Christmas for one reason or another. Knowing how much other children will receive this Christmas, it is great to help those less fortunate by giving them a special gift and making them happy.”

If you wish to get involved in bringing the magic of Christmas back to the lives of local children in St Helens then please read the guidelines provided on the St Helen’s Council website: http://www.sthelens.gov.uk/newsroom/2014/11/13/christmas-toy-appeal/

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Alumasc supports Christmas Toy Appeal 2013

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Alumasc is pleased to be supporting Real Radio and Smooth Radio’s Christmas Toy Appeal, the purpose of which is to make a difference to the lives of underprivileged children across the North West of England. In its 4th year, the appeal is in partnership with Lookers Citroen and MAX6MUM SECURITY.

To bring smiles to the faces of those who aren’t as lucky as most of us, the radio stations are asking listeners to buy an extra gift whilst doing their Christmas shopping and to drop it (unwrapped) into a Lookers Citroen dealership in Preston, Blackpool or Liverpool.

Real Radio and Smooth FM's Christmas Toy Appeal 2013
Real Radio and Smooth FM’s Christmas Toy Appeal 2013

Staff from Alumasc have come together to support the cause, donating a selection of gifts to bring the magic of Christmas back to the lives of local children.

Linda Sweeney from Alumasc says:

“This is such a worthwhile initiative to support. There are children out there who won’t get a single present this Christmas for one reason or another. Knowing how much other children will receive this Christmas, it is great to help those less fortunate by giving them a special gift and making them happy.”

The presents will be distributed to local Children, who without the campaign, would otherwise be left with no gifts this Christmas.

If you wish to donate or for further information, visit Real Radio’s Christmas Toy Appeal website – Click Here