Contractors work together to refurbish Princess of Wales Centre

Aileen Alexander, renovations, care centre

Published 31 October 2014

Contractors from across the country will join forces to refurbish the much-loved Princess of Wales Centre in Sunderland, a day centre for people living with Alzheimer's.

A team of volunteers from organisations including Styles&Wood, Havelock, ISG, Wates, Sharkeys, EC Harris and Lloyds Bank, will spend over a week at the Hylton Road complex from Monday (November 3) renovating the facilities lounge and communal areas including decorations and replacement fixtures and fittings.

The green-fingered group, all part of the One Construction Alliance (OCA) – a group of property services businesses, which deliver retail and office interior refurbishment schemes across the UK for Lloyds Banking Group – will spruce-up the centre's gardens with new planters and a fully accessible garden with paths, seating and shaded areas to create an accessible, enjoyable space for visitors to come and grow flowers and fruit and vegetables.

With over 250 days of volunteer work from all the partners anticipated together with donated materials, furniture, plants, paint, tools and everything required for a full blown construction project the finished project will be the equivalent of a six figure spend.

Alzheimer's Society Regional Operations Manager for the North East, Hazel Cuthbertson, said:

'Lloyds Banking Group has brought together a team with the skills and knowledge to really make a difference to the lives of people who use the Princess of Wales Centre. A thoughtfully-designed building and warm environment are vital for those who live with the condition.

'There are almost 3,500 people who are living with dementia in Sunderland and thanks to the commitment of the people in this initiative, Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers on Wearside will be able to offer better support than ever in the top-class surroundings which people with the condition deserve.'

John Paterson from Lloyds Bank said:

'Alzheimer's Society is Lloyds Banking Group's Charity of the Year, and we are looking forward to being part of the team that will make such a difference to this centre. The individual volunteers have construction-related skills and will use those skills, together with the combined power of the OCA team, creates fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate the effectiveness of our partnership as well as leaving a legacy for the community.'

Rob Boyd from OCA partner Wates added:

'We're thrilled to be taking part in such a worthwhile project. Dementia touches the lives of so many people and so many of our volunteers have their own personal stories about dementia. The Princess of Wales Centre is a very important facility for the day centre users and Alzheimer's staff based in the building. This project is all about improving their surroundings to help make their lives a little bit easier.'

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