BMI Contributes to Children in Need Construction Project

L-R: Gabrielle Blackman, Tony Brooks, BMI Technical Trainer (Flat Roofing) Nick Knowles, BMI Area Technical Manager Paul Seel

ROOFING AND WATERPROOFING company, BMI has contributed to a Children in Need project at charity premises in Lancashire.

In October, working alongside BBC Children in Need and DIY SOS: The Big Build, BMI UK & Ireland helped Nightsafe with the roofing support it needed on a conversion project to make its newest centre warm, dry and secure for the young people in its care.

The services Nightsafe offers include meals, emergency accommodation, supported housing, legal and health advice and training in key life skills.

Over its 30 year history, the charity has helped over 14,000 young people, served nearly 150,000 meals and provided 42,000 beds for the night.

Children in Need

When the St Silas Centre – a run-down 19th century church hall – was recently given over to the charity, Nightsafe contacted Children in Need, who selected it for DIY SOS: The Big Build to renovate and convert it into accommodation and a support centre.

BMI UK & Ireland then brought in its technical team to survey the existing roofs and provide the design, calculations and system specifications needed to refurbish them.

The company’s Technical team collaborated to provide the expertise, materials and workmanship needed to transform the plan into a reality and provide a safe and secure environment for young people in need.

Flat and pitched

The centre’s roofs are a combination of flat and pitched. The pitched roof was covered in discontinued tiles which posed a challenge as the specification requested that these tiles were kept for conservation purposes.

For the two flat areas – one over the entrance, another over the live-in staff accommodation at the back of the building – BMI supplied the materials, but also installed it with the expertise of its site technical team, which included Technical Trainer (Flat Roofing), Tony Brooks and Area Technical Manager, Paul Seel.

The smaller, entrance area was covered with an Elastoflex liquid system; while the larger rear cold roof was waterproofed with a bituminous system which included Firesmart Thermaweld Charcoal as the capsheet.

DIY SOS presenter, Nick Knowles, said: “The team and I were delighted to join forces with the community of Blackburn for this special build for local charity Nightsafe, which is at the forefront of helping young homeless people. Our ambitious and innovative build saw us, with local volunteers, transform an old church hall, into a much-needed emergency accommodation centre.”

Paul Seel said, “It was a real joy to work on this build with DIY SOS. Nightsafe does brilliant work in this part of Lancashire, and we were delighted to be able to give them a hand. It was a great atmosphere on set, so great fun to do as well as fantastically worthwhile”.




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