Published:  03 October, 2014

More and more people in New Addington are finding themselves unable to afford to eat which prompted the requirement for a new food bank - offering food parcels, and renewed hope, to those in need.

The new Salvation Army Vine food bank in New Addington is providing vital support to those in difficult financial circumstances providing food, directing people to relevant services and providing a listening ear in times of crisis.

The Salvation Army property department provided the Croydon based facility with an old scout hut which was in much need of refurbishment. This resulted in the specification of a Sika Liquid Plastics Decothane waterproofing system for the roof refurbishment to ensure longevity and protection for the building.

Registered Sika Liquid Plastics roofing contractor, Heartfelt Roofing, based in Surrey, was specified for the job. The company discounted their labour and materials in order to help The Salvation Army with major cost savings on the project.

In order to ensure durability, prolonged existence and protection of the building, Sikalastic 625 was specified which has a 10 year material guarantee. Each bolt head and fixing was bridged with Sika Flexistrip then installed with Sika Reemat Premium patches, pre-cut to requirements.

The Vine was opened earlier this year by the leader of The Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland, Commissioner Clive Adams. Representatives from Croydon Council, which provided the building, attended, along with many of the businesses and volunteers who participated in the renovation of the property.

“It was a lovely opening and everyone here at The Salvation Army is delighted with the outcome. The Sika Liquid Plastics membrane really enhances the look of the building and the transformation is great,” Salvation Army church leader Emma Spencer said.

Mark Baldock, Contracts Manager at Heartfelt Roofing said there was the challenge of working with asbestos and controlling the works. “As a company we aim to provide the best service possible, and working with asbestos is difficult but the finish from our perspective looked great.

“The project was completed on time, on budget and to everyone’s satisfaction,” he said.

Led by The Salvation Army, The Vine food bank is supported by Churches Together, in New Addington and Fieldway, an alliance of local churches including St Edward’s and New Addington Baptist.

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