Homeworks undertook a project with Staffordshire University to improve green spaces enabling students to enjoy outdoor areas. The project involved delivering landscaping improvements and outdoor furniture to a number of spaces for students to gather.
The works included:
• Planting of new hedging to form private areas
• Provision of external lighting
• New timber benches and integrated seating areas
• Manufacture and installation of new pergolas
• Turfing and general landscaping.
The work was undertaken to short timescales and required close liaison between the client and delivery teams to ensure the programme was achieved on time and to the required standards. Homeworks utilised its own in-house designer to
develop a solution and this was agreed with the client, ensuring all of the hard and soft landscaping was undertaken by our own workforce and apprentices including the design, manufacture and installation of the timber furniture.
The design and installation was developed to withstand the expected heavy usage expected with public open spaces and in particular the student client group.
Homeworks deliver the Aspire Housing Aids and Adaptations requirements as well as a range of other services which includes the provision of services to around 100 properties per year. Services include;
- Grab rails around properties
- Bathroom grab rails
- Easing and adjusting doors including re hanging where required
- Removal of existing doors
- Redecoration to disturbed surfaces where requested
- Provision of new non-slip flooring
We work within general needs accommodation as well as sheltered and extracare accommodation that requires enhanced customer engagement due to the nature of the end user. Alongside working with Neighbourhood Coordinators and Specialist organisations, our teams are certified Trusted Assessors, allowing them to make informed judgements on the placement of aids to be fitted based on the end user needs.
As with many Homeworks contracts the works are completed by small teams of trainees and apprentices led by a Supervisors who train the team in basic workplace disciplines of timekeeping, attendance and trade skills. A key part of this role is passing on life skills advice and as a consequence our staff are fully trained and qualified not only for their trade but on safeguarding of vulnerable and young people.