A stalwart of the UK’s TV schedule, DIY SOS’s recent instalment didn’t follow its typical recipe of home improvements. Instead, Nick Knowles and the team joined forces with construction experts to create a new home for Dale Youth Boxing Club – a community gym that was destroyed in the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in June of last year.
Since the tragedy, the club has been operating from a nearby car park. The show detailed the journey from the inception of the project to the construction of the new space tucked beneath the Westway flyover. This wasn’t simply a revamped kitchen or loft conversion – architects, big-name constructions firms and experts loaned their time, materials and resources to this large-scale project. Included in the list of contributors was Churchill.
Churchill London’s involvement began when Managing Director, Antony Law, responded to a call out from the show for assistance. “I live a stone’s throw away from Grenfell, and like so many I felt helpless in the wake of the tragedy” says Antony. “Though Churchill had done what small bit we could to help last year – namely in clothing and food donations – helping out with the show posed an opportunity to offer our support in a more tangible way that really utilised our skills and expertise.”
Over the course of four days in May, up to 20 of the Churchill team gave their time to assist with the project’s clean up. Operatives, managers and directors all mucked in, deep cleaning the premises, providing equipment tools and supplies to help support the finishing touches
“The project was running slightly behind schedule by the time we got there. Fortunately, we were able to provide a team of staff so that the gym was completed before the camera crews arrived to capture the finished product!” says Antony.
To make sure everything was done in time, some of the team even worked through the night. Furthermore, when it became clear that the show’s producers had not provisioned for the washing of the windows, Antony was able to call in Churchill’s affiliate commercial cleaning specialists, The Price Group, who came to the show’s aid. “The Price Group came at the drop of a hat at 6am in the morning to help us out… the team spirit on the site was really special. London businesses really came together to help their local community.”
The show was aired on BBC One last month and is still available to watch via BBC iplayer here.