BAL supports DIY SOS project in Corby

BAL – market-leaders in full tiling solutions – have joined forces with CTD Tiles and Walls and Floors (Kettering) Ltd to donate tiles, adhesives and grout to a DIY SOS project in Corby, Northants.

The team from the BBC One programme was called in to help rebuild Jackie and Colin Hutchinson’s house – after builders let them down, leaving their house in a mess.

Jackie and Colin have a 16-year-old son Jordan who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and had spent a £60,000 loan on urgent modifications to their home – but the family were left with a shell without a roof, forcing them to move in with Mrs Hutchinson’s mother.

Scores of tradesmen – including tiler Andrew Forti from Northampton – pitched up to support the project, giving up their time for free to rebuild the house including a new kitchen, bathroom, and a fully inclusive wet room.

BAL donated Flex One S1 enhanced standard set adhesive, BAL Pourable One pourable thick bed floor adhesive, BAL Green Star and BAL Micromax2 Grout in a variety of colours through CTD Tiles in Northampton.

Tiles including Chalk Farm White Smooth Metros, Sorgente Manatee Grey Mosaics, Shoreditch Wood Acacia Tiles and light grey metro tiles were donated by Walls and Floors Ltd in Kettering.

Presenter Nick Knowles told the BBC: “To have a youngster with a disability and not be able to go into an environment to try to make life better is really frustrating.”

From start to finish the rebuild took nine days, with more than 100 people working on the house every day.

Mrs Hutchinson said a completed house would bring some normality back into their lives and give Jordan freedom in his own home.

“It would mean the world, especially to Jordan and for us as parents to watch him grow into a young man and just have a little bit of independence,” she said.

Alex Underwood, Head of Marketing at BAL said: “This is a great example of local tradespeople and companies coming together to help Jackie and Colin give their son a home where he can live independently.

“We were delighted to help in some small way towards this fantastic project by the BBC DIY SOS team.”

The episode is due to air later this year.