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Builders praised after rescuing community centre

Gully House in Wingate held an open day to mark its re-opening following repairs to the ceiling. Gully House boss Lena Devine.

Gully House in Wingate held an open day to mark its re-opening following repairs to the ceiling. Gully House boss Lena Devine.

A CONSTRUCTION firm came to the rescue of a community centre after its ceiling collapsed during the winter weather.

And the Peterlee branch of Wates Living Space went above and beyond during the project at Gully House, in Wingate, even installing a brand-new kitchen to be used by visitors to the facility.

Members of Gully House Residents’ Association appeared in the Mail in January, and issued a desperate plea for help to fix their community centre’s ceiling which fell in following bad weather.

Association secretary Lena Devine had feared if funds weren’t raised to fix the roof the centre would have to close as it would not be safe for people to go into.

The association took over the running of the building three years ago from Durham County Council as part of the authority’s review into community buildings and only took out contents insurance, so they were not covered for the ceiling disaster.

But this week Mrs Devine said: “Wates the builders came to our aid – they did the ceiling, the roof outside, and put us a new kitchen in, including the tiling and flooring – and didn’t charge us anything.

“It’s absolutely marvellous. I have written a letter to their head office in Leatherhead saying what an absolutely marvellous group of people we had because they were brilliant.

“We can’t thank them enough for what they did for us and the people who use the centre.

“We are just so grateful and everything is fantastic now.

“It was apprentices as well and they were very polite.

“We couldn’t have wished for anything better.

“The project manager was Les Thompson and he was just marvellous.

“We couldn’t believe it when it was classed as a community project so it was free, we had been quoted £8,000 just for the roof and we just didn’t have that sort of funding available and the insurance didn’t cover it.”

 

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