Back in September 2016, we were delighted to be contacted by BBC Bristol who asked us if we would be willing to lend the DIY SOS: The Big Build team a hand to a family in desperate need on the Isle of Sheppey.
Nick Knowles and his crew of ‘purple shirts’ were scheduled to head to Minster on Sea in Kent from 4th to 13th October to undertake a very ambitious project which involved the complete demolition of a house and construction of an entirely new build! However, before that could take place, they needed our help to carry out a survey of all trees on and adjacent to the site before they could start work.
Our arboriculture team, headed by Ian Lee, went down to the site in September with our specialist tree radar unit and provided a tree survey plan and survey schedules without any need for excavation work or digging.
Due to the clay heavy soil in that part of Kent, we were drafted in to assess the species, size and proximity of any trees near the planned new build plot and advise the contractors of the necessary foundation requirements for the structure.
As well as helping them out with the report, our team ran checks on the protection status of the trees and helped source a local tree surgery firm ‘QualiTree Services’ to muck in and remove a large tree close to the proposed site.
As with all the amazing contractors and volunteers that have worked on past builds for the show, we were asked to provide our services free of charge, which we were only too happy to give once we learned the story of this incredible family.
The couple have four adopted children, each with very complex and life limiting medical conditions. They originally fostered the children and then went on to adopt them, opening up their home to help the kids flourish in a safe environment.
However, living in a 3 bedroom bungalow with just a single bathroom made life incredibly challenging for them and with four children in need of complex day-to-day care, the house quickly became completely unsuitable to their needs. Understandably, the family could not only afford the necessary building work, but the time it would take to do it.
The plan by the DIY SOS team was to completely demolish the house before filming began and then build a new home from scratch in just 9 days that is spacious and suitable for their specific needs.
With such an ambitious plan having so much at stake for this much needy family, Lloyd Bore were only too happy to help where we could.
The shoot of the demolition and construction has now finished, with the show due to air early 2017. We understand from the big reveal that this new home has provided a massive life changing impact on the family, that gives them hope, dignity and a positive outlook to the future.
All of us at Lloyd Bore would like to wish them well for the future.