Inner City Scaffolding on DIY SOS

Watch out or set your SKY Plus tonight for BBC 1 DIY SOS. Downwell Group Company Inner City Scaffolding recently donated our services to a well deserving family.

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The Inner City Scaffolding team took part in tonights programme.

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The Isle of Sheppey in Kent is home to an extraordinary family – two boys and two girls brought together by two dads. Head teacher Garry and social carer Kyle first fostered then adopted four vulnerable children, three with complex special needs, because they wanted to give them the best life possible. Unfortunately their tired, crammed three-bed bungalow now threatens their family’s future.

They desperately need space and dignity, but the only thing to do is to knock the entire house down and start again. Enter Nick Knowles and the team, who are taking on a DIY SOS first – and one of their most ambitious home builds ever. The team are going to demolish the bungalow and in just nine days build an entirely new bespoke five-bedroom home for this inspiring family. It is all thanks to the amazing goodwill, hard work and generosity of the local community and trades.

Garry and Kyle first adopted Haydn, who has cerebral palsy, and then Curtis, who was adopted at four months old and is severely epileptic, blind and prone to life-threatening chest infections and also has cerebral palsy.

The two dads then fostered sisters Bella, who was six, and Phoebe, who was one. Bella has Down’s syndrome, so when there was a hint that the sisters may be split up, they decided to offer a lifeline to both girls and applied to adopt.

Taking on four children with so many needs is a challenge for any family, but living in a tiny bungalow is another hurdle, and every room is bursting with medical supplies. Haydn is now 13 and a growing lad, and he needs some independence. He can’t get out of the front door without somebody helping him. Curtis, now six, has the greatest medical needs and sleeps in the living room, which is also their dining room.

Bella is now 11 but has a makeshift bedroom in the boot room, and they all share just one toilet in the only bathroom. The flimsy structure and impractical design of the house means it is best to demolish the property, but that’s an enormous undertaking.

Garry and Kyle have built an amazing family – now DIY SOS and their team of volunteer trades have an almighty challenge, never before attempted on the programme, to build an entirely new home in just nine days.

As a Scaffolding Contractor based in Essex we like to help worthwhile causes where we can and were delighted to receive a thank you card from the family.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

All sites have been closed down in a safe and secure manner and will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the key workers on the frontline who are continiung working for the good of us all.