Families living in better homes thanks to community-focused business

ALMOST 50 families are enjoying living in better homes after a business well-known for delivering positive social impact handed over the final renovated property of a two-year scheme.

Pioneering business Evolution has transformed 47 homes on the Beaumont Estate in Lancaster, recently handing over the final property.

The Lancaster scheme, split into two phases of 28 and 19 homes, involved full house renovations with each home renovated in just seven weeks from start to finish.

Evolution Contracts Manager Paul Garforth said: “We are extremely proud of how we have worked with the community in Lancaster to renovate these homes and have delivered them all on budget and to a tight timescale.

“We have had a team of 12 people working on site at any one time with 60 per cent coming from the local community - one of the joiners even lived in the next street!

“We have also employed two Calico apprentices - one joiner and one plasterer - which is helping to develop young people’s skills in the local community.”

Each home has been fitted with new doors and windows, kitchens and bathrooms, joinery, carpets, electrics, boiler and then decorated, all completed to energy efficiency and industry standards.

Leon Iddon, Evolution site manager, said: “We have really felt to be part of what is a very close-knit community throughout our time here. We have got on really well with all the residents. 

“One lady didn’t want anything done when we first arrived. When she saw what we had done to  the other houses, she decided she would. We have just finished her home and she is ‘Happy as Larry’.”

Another resident said: “I just wanted to say how much I love my house. Leon and his team have done a fantastic job. I can’t thank Leon enough, he is an absolute superstar, always making time to speak. The house really is beautiful.”

Residents received welcome packs from Evolution on completion of the homes, including a card and store vouchers to help with the cost of living.

Providing better homes and jobs, including giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to build a career, is at the heart of Evolution’s mission.

Evolution Managing Director JJ Fitzgerald said: “It’s about changing people’s lives. We renovate houses to give people quality homes and we provide jobs which help people build a better life.”

The renovation of the Beaumont Estate homes was a contract operated by Lancaster City Council.

Evolution employs up to 80 people renovating private housing, social housing and sheltered housing across the North-West. It prides itself on creating better places for people to live in Lancaster, Morecambe, Cumbria, Manchester, Liverpool, and the Fylde Coast.