Northampton pre-school that had 16 broken windows since 2013 refurbished by volunteers... in 48 hours

Staff from Travis Perkins carrying out a 48-hour DIY renovation Front - Richie Turner of Travis Perkins NNL-151209-075157009

Staff from Travis Perkins carrying out a 48-hour DIY renovation Front - Richie Turner of Travis Perkins NNL-151209-075157009

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A pre-school building in Northampton that had 16 windows left broken for a year-and-a-half has been renovated by expert volunteers.

Standens Barn Pre-School, in the Standen’s Barn community centre, Topwell Court was targeted by vandals so many times over two years that 80 per cent of its windows were boarded up. As a result it had to close its doors to children at least eight times.

Standens Barn Meeting Room.

Standens Barn Meeting Room.

Now, Travis Perkins plc have worked with charity Northampton Community Spaces to refurbish the entire building in just 48 hours.

The team refitted the kitchen and painted and redecorated the three main rooms, including the meeting room and games room.

Travis Perkins supplied all internal building and decorating materials for the project, and volunteers from the management team also took part in the painting and decorating.

Meanwhile, the larger aspects of the job, such as the kitchen refit were taken by local tradespeople, including local kitchen fitters Enzo Menna and Andy Moriarty and electrician Shane Lothian.

Sandra Renda said the pre-school manager who had earlier this year described the building as “prison-like” said: “We’re thrilled that these tradesman want to do this for us in their own time. It’ll make a massive difference for our children.”

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Standens Barn Community Centre, Walledwell Court, Northampton NN3 9TW. 'Staff from Travis Perkins carrying out a 48-hour DIY renovation NNL-151209-075111009

Standens Barn Community Centre, Walledwell Court, Northampton NN3 9TW. 'Staff from Travis Perkins carrying out a 48-hour DIY renovation NNL-151209-075111009