17 October 2022
TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman’s LOLER Inspection Services team volunteered to support social housing provider Nottingham City Homes (NCH) with a community project recently.
The 464 apartments that make up the Victoria Centre flats tower above the city centre’s Victoria Shopping Centre and residents, particularly those with mobility issues, don’t have easy access to green spaces. In 2019, NCH created an accessible rooftop garden for residents to maintain and enjoy, and it was such a success that NCH went on to give over a former plant room for residents to use as a kitchen and a gardeners’ storage room.
In September, the TÜV SÜD team volunteered for a day to clean out the old plant room and paint it. It was a team effort involving NCH staff, residents and contractors. Stage two of the improvements is now being planned to finish the kitchen installation and hand it over to the community gardening group. Andrew Filer, Mechanical Manager at NCH, said: “Thanks to TÜV SÜD and the other contractors, we now have an additional valuable social space for residents. The new kitchen and breakout area will really improve the residents’ enjoyment of the garden.”
Michael Hargreaves, Technical Director, Inspection Services at TÜV SÜD, enjoyed the day saying: “Inspection services are our primary function but it’s equally important that we support the communities in which we work. We always aim to support projects designed to improve health and wellbeing and community cohesion. Having delivered a successful lift project at the Victoria Centre, this was a great opportunity to return and help NCH. It was a very rewarding day for the team and we’re looking forward to returning for the next stage of the project.”
TÜV SÜD’s volunteering team also included Colin Simpson (TÜV SÜD’s consultant for the NCH contract), Robert Higgins (Planner / Coordinator), Eleanor Bryce (Business & Development Coordinator), and Katie Knight (Administrator).
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