Back in October 2017, the popular BBC TV show DIY SOS Big Build and their team were in Barnet working their magic on a local family’s home.
They home they spent 10-days transforming belonged to PC Kris Aves who was seriously injured in the terrorist attack on Westminster bridge on 22 March 2017. Kris suffered life changing injuries in the attack which left him wheelchair bound, meaning he was unable to return home to his partner and two young children until a series of major adaptations had been made.
What makes this episode special to us, is a number of Re and Barnet Council teams were involved in the end-to-end process, working closely with the BBC team to enable many of the works to happen. All activity was centrally coordinated by Re, with regular update meetings held so all teams know what was happening in the lead up to the works starting.
Re is a joint venture between Capita and the London Borough of Barnet. It was set up in 2013 to improve and deliver a range property, development and regulatory services to local authorities and commercial organisations.
Re’s involvement ranged from fast-tracking the planning application, getting grant funding approved (from the London Borough of Barnet’s funds) to cover the installation of the through floor life, ensuring disruption to residents in the local area particularly around traffic management was kept to a minimum, the installation of a dropped kerb to the front of the property, through to ensuring ward councillors were kept informed of all works.
Mark Dally, Partnership Director says:
“I am extremely proud to see teams embracing working together to ensure we offered the most knowledgeable, professional and seamless service to the family and all of the third parties involved in the project”
Find out more about our joint venture, Re by visiting their website.
Or to find out more about this 'big build', visit the BBC website, here.