Overview

As well as the main building the Normanton Road site has a series of outbuildings that are in need of extensive refurbishment.  The aim will be to relocate the Food Bank from the current industrial unit to this site.  By doing this we will be able to modify and improve how the Food Bank is managed and provide an opportunity to more positively interact with its recipients.

Progress Updates

Each week a pictorial update on the progress of the refurbishment and food bank relocation will be provided to illustrate how the money donated is being used to enhance our services.


29th May 2020 - Painting and Sand blasting

The second half of the building has been painted and the walls and floor of the toilet area have been sand blasted to clean up the brickwork.


22nd May 2020 - Hot water, more painting and start of building

The cold water feed has been connected to the main building and a small hot water heater has been installed.  The outside wall has been repaired where buddleia had grown through and a new suspended ceiling has been installed in the toilet area.


15th May 2020 - Start of plumbing & painting

The new cold water pipe runs have been installed through all the buildings ready to connect to the supply from the main building.  The ceilings have been had an initial primer applied and materials have arrived to fit out the toilet and washer area.


8th May 2020 - Rip out and prepare

With the release of funding work started immediately to rip out the old heating and lighting, removing an internal wall to open up more spece and take out the old toilets and basins.  When plaster was removed we found roots growing behind it!

Funding

We are delighted that on the 6th May 2020 we were notified that the Garfield Weston Foundation have awarded us a grant to allow us to start work on the refurbishment of the outbuildings to relocate the food bank.

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Refurbishments

The outbuildings have not been occupied for a number of years and consequently need extensive refurbishment.  We currently have a grant application in process to undertake this work.  We have already done some preparatory work by re-covering the roof and repairing the damaged drains that connect to the main sewer system.  The work required inside includes:

  • Refurbishing the toilet area
  • Inclusion of a new sink unit
  • Provide facilities for washing machines and driers to support the Nightshelter
  • Relocating freezer units
  • Renewal and movement of lighting
  • Removal of derelict heating system
  • Relocation of racking system

The photographs illustrate the initial condition of the outbuildings.