Lafarge Plasterboard teams up with CRASH

Published:  08 September, 2009

BRISTOL: Lafarge Plasterboard has provided a donation of materials to help a major renovation and new build project by a high-profile charity organisation in Leeds, as part of its association with construction industry charity CRASH.

The comapny has teamed up with CRASH to provide materials for St George's Crypt, Great George Street in Leeds as part of a refurbishment and part new build project by the Christian charity, which provides shelter and advice to homeless, rootless and disadvantaged people. Currently 70% of the people they see are aged under 25 and many have drug and alcohol related problems.

CRASH, of which Lafarge is one of over 30 patrons, is the construction and property sector's charity for homeless people. The charity addresses the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the building industry to improve hostels, day centres, night shelters, training centres and move-on accommodation, for frontline homelessness agencies who work directly with homeless people.

A donation of £70 000 by CRASH has provided a major cash injection for the St George's Crypt project, which has also had £1.1m of government funding, and Lafarge Plasterboard, one of the UK's leading drywall and plasterboard systems manufacturers, used the first of its new fleet of reduced carbon emission lorries to deliver a large donation from its GTEC range of boards and metal systems and fittings to the site.

Once the new build and refurbishment work by Baum Construction is complete ahead of the charity's 80th anniversary in 2010, there will be 15 individual bedrooms, which have been constructed with Lafarge Plasterboard's high acoustic performance GTEC dB Board; as well as shower facilities, which have utilised the new and unique GTEC Aqua Board, an innovative gypsum board for wet application that provides outstanding water and mould resistance and has been fitted by sub-contractor Joseph Hester. 

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