The team working on the £5m refurbishment of the Capital Building, recently went over and above to find community schemes and charities that could make use of the carpet tiles that we’ve been reclaiming as part of the project. It’s the largest office space in Liverpool and due to reconfiguring the floor plates of the offices, they could not be re-used within the same space.
This sort of ‘waste’ or leftover product would be so easy to skip or take to landfill and it clearly takes more work NOT to take this route. But we’re pleased to have helped so many in our community for that little bit of extra effort by the team, living our values and looking out for opportunities to help others.
Our idea was to find those who could make use of the tiles for their own projects. With a lot of help from our Social Value colleagues across Wirral, peers on the Rise Framework, friends on Linkedin and our own contacts, we were soon busy delivering the tiles around the region.
We delivered five pallets to Rebecca Owens at ReciproCity, a social enterprise that resell left-over construction materials, where they went on to be used by Sea Cadets Birkenhead, Poulton Road Food Bank and a local start-up business.
We also delivered to our friends at Incredible Edibles Knowsley, a community food growing scheme educating young people about growing from soil to fork and supplying fresh food for Knowsley Food Bank. 12 sqm went to the Byrne Avenue Trust who are bringing Byrne Avenue Baths back into community use and another pallet to Emmaus, Preston, the largest charity shop in the UK who provide a home and work for people who have been homeless or socially excluded – thanks to Scott Latta for that one.
We will be moving to the next phase soon so please get in touch if you know of any charities or community schemes that could use some. It’s a huge space so they’ll be loads to go around!
A great effort by the Kimpton team on-site, Scott Bennett, Stephen Loughran, Greg Percival and Lee Williams to get these tiles re-purposed to the benefit of our local community.