Children on Lindsay Avenue in Lupset were encouraged to take part in a drawing competition to show what the improvement works on their homes will look like when they start. Over 100 homes will receive new roofing, guttering, pointing and insulating render as part of the Improvement Programme. The competition helped to get families on board and give them an opportunity to meet members of the site team including Pervez Khaliq, Project Officer - Improvements and Ian Arlotte, Site Manager and Chris Margrave, Service Manager – Construction Programme.
Pervez visited all the families with young children on site and encouraged them to take part in the competition by drawing pictures of the works that had started, and how they imagined their homes would look like when they were finished.
He said: “We know that working with our tenants from the start helps them to feel more involved, understand what’s going to happen and results in them being happier with the work at the end. During the pandemic this has become more difficult than usual, we thought that getting the children involved was a good way to help them and their parents meet the site team and familiarise themselves with the works that are going to be taking place over the next few months.”
The entries were then judged by Chris Margrave, Service Manager – Construction Programme, who had a tough time choosing a first and second prize.
Chris said: “All the entries were absolutely fantastic, you could see the kids had put lots of effort into their drawings. Some even showed all our workmen in the correct PPE, showing they have really done their research before putting pen to paper!”
After much deliberation, Chris chose three winners, Lucy and Erin took joint first place and Joshua took second place, winning Amazon vouchers. No one went without a prize and all runners up were presented with advent calendars by Chris, Pervez and Ian for taking part in the competition.
Pervez added: “The competition was well received by all the families on Lindsay Avenue, it has really helped to improve our relationships with them going forward. I think having met us, they now feel more comfortable in visiting the site office and approaching us with any concerns. This will help to increase customer satisfaction during the works, especially as they are starting in the winter months.”