A year-long project to breathe new life into a Derby church and its community building is one step closer to completion, thanks to Frame Fast UK.
The Ascot Drive business has created a new entrance area at St Martin’s Church and Community Centre on Flint Street in Allenton.
The business also fitted double aluminium doors leading onto the community garden, installed a single fire door and fitted a new porch and side entrance.
Carl Willis, community development manager at Bondholder, Derby City Council, said “Greg and his team at Frame Fast UK have been phenomenal.
“They’ve given our building its smile and we are very, very grateful."
Work by Carl and his team of volunteers started last summer after plans were drawn up by architects.
He said “My job has been to work with the voluntary sector and the private sector and join the two together.
“Since we started, more than 10,000 volunteer hours have been ploughed into the build. We’ve also approached local businesses, like Frame Fast, and asked them to support the refurbishment.
Cash was secured from Allenton’s Big Local – a £1m pot of Big Lottery Fund – to kick-start the refurbishment programme.
To date, more than £180,000 has been spent on St Martin’s Church and its Community Centre.
Allenton was one of 150 areas awarded cash to make a lasting and positive difference in the community.
Greg Brighouse, business development manager at Frame Fast UK, said “It was a pleasure to get involved with the Allenton Big Build project.”