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Haven House Hospice, Woodford Green

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Haven House is a dedicated children's hospice based in Woodford Green, Essex. It has been established for over ten years and has helped over 400 children with life-limiting conditions. Like many charities of this nature, the hospice does not have a great deal of funding and so was delighted when it qualified for assistance as part of the 2014 ITV Text Santa charity campaign and the 60 Minute Makeover Programme.

The project, as is the nature of the programme had to be completed in a short space of time (a day cut down to a 60 minute programme rather than completed in 60 minutes itself).
The main focus of the project was the complete renovation of the Buddy Hut coupled with an extension to the existing deck.
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However the whole process was by no means straightforward.

Composite: A versatile alternative to timber

The building work was a delicate procedure due to the proximity of the arboretum, notably because of a tree planted by Margaret Thatcher which stands in the centre close to the Buddy Hut and has exposed or low lying surface roots. This meant that traditional building processes could not be used and no digging could be done in order to protect the delicate ecosystem on site.

Timco Wood was contacted due to our ability to provide goods at short notice but also our reputation for good communication. We are always on hand to discuss the product with builders and contractors to ensure a high quality build. The work at Haven House was no exception and after being contacted by the ITV production team we were in touch with the contractors and the environmental team on site in order to confirm how the build would be completed.

Such was the nature of the programming schedule the whole process took less than a week from the initial enquiry to delivery. We maintain high stock levels so we can fulfil ad hoc or short-turnaround projects and not let our clients down.

Our conversations with the contractors and the arboretum management allowed us to come up with an effective solution to fit the decking without disturbing the tree roots beneath.

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FSC® Certified Composite Timber for a low maintenance deck

Having solved the delicate issue of the build the delivery of our composite decking was arranged. Our solid grey composite decking was chosen for its modern look and because it was for a charity event Timco Wood donated all of the products free of charge.

As a bonus, our FSC® Certified composite decking is both anti-slip and anti-rot so it was the best product to have for the build. Our Timco Wood composite decking is designed to be both hard wearing and low maintenance which makes it suitable for a variety of different usages. This was especially true for the Haven House build where there would be a heavy usage and disabled access required.

On the day of the build, Timco Wood volunteers aided with the construction and supervised the installation. We worked with the team on site to make sure the deadline was met and that the installation ran smoothly and correctly.

We are pleased with how the deck came out and proud that were chosen to supply such a worthwhile cause. We extend our thanks to ITV and the 60 Minute Makeover programme for selecting us to be the decking supplier for the project. Our association with Haven House Hospice has continued beyond the filming of the programme itself and we donated more of our decking boards to the hospice so that they could use it in other areas.

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We can only hope that our donation of product and time is able to help residents of Haven House Hospice now and for many years to come.

Timco Wood for achieving results

  • Fast and straightforward installation which allows projects to be completed on schedule
  • An FSC® certified product that is robust and consistent in quality
  • We use fully recyclable plastic and timber to aid sustainable building
  • We manufacture our own products to increase quality control and reduce lead time
  • We are able to handle high volume orders with ease