Derbyshire Scouts have been building a new bunk house on their 80-acre site at Drum Hill Scout Camp in Derbyshire. The project has been entirely run by volunteers with support from local organisations and construction companies. Armstrong Ceilings are delighted to have played their part in the project.
The bunkhouse has been a long time coming, with foundations laid in the autumn of 2016 and the shell of the building completed in July 2017. Now all that hard work is paying off with loads of fitting out happening over the winter, and the new bunk house, affectionately named Larch Hall, will open in May.
Scout Felix Hughes helped on the project and said:
“I think it’s a really nice place. It looks a lot better than the old bunk house and it’s a lot more friendly and inviting. It will make a big difference because there is now a lot more opportunity to do stuff than there used to be.
A High Performance, Sustainable Ceiling
Maber Architects provided voluntary architectural services on the project, and specified the next-generation, ultra-green Dune eVo tile for the bunk house ceilings. The tile, which is 100% recyclable, provides class-leading visuals and improved acoustic performance through a new surface which is both brighter and smoother.
Lee Smith, who is Scout Leader and associate director at Maber, said of the new Dune eVo tile:
“I think it’s another advancement for the ceiling tile in terms of the specification and the acoustic delivery. As a long-time specifier over the past 12 years working in architecture I trust and know the Armstrong product range will deliver what we want, giving us quality and robustness within our budget range.”
On volunteering his time and expertise, he said:
“The project is difficult to value due to the generosity of numerous local companies and volunteers giving their free time. If we had approached a main contractor to deliver it would probably be in the region of £600,000 to £700,000 to deliver the scheme.”
The Dune eVo ceilings were installed by Peveril Interiors, one of Armstrong’s Omega Ceiling Contractors. Kevin Leahy of Peveril Interiors, said:
“It has been a rewarding project for us. The Scouts association is giving young people from all backgrounds shared experiences that will really equip them with skills that will last a lifetime. To play a small part in that feels pretty good.
“Adding the new Dune eVo tile to the range has gone down really well with both the clients who value the aesthetics and performance and our installation teams who value the new tougher edge which gives a much better installation experience.”
The Bunk House Opens in May
Volunteer camp site manager and project manager Lesley Upton is very pleased with the result. She said:
“I think it’s amazing what can be done by volunteers giving their time and companies supporting us to provide an outstanding building.”
Lesley said Dune eVo’s recyclability had played a “really important” role. “We need to stop using new resources all the time and use the stuff that we have got on this planet.”
Get a New Ceiling for Your Community Project!
As the new bunkhouse signifies a new beginning for the delighted Derbyshire scouts, now Armstrong wants to offer the same opportunity to other community groups through its #eVoNewBeginnings campaign.
Community groups can visit www.new-beginnings.com and enter their project to win a new Dune eVo ceiling for their project.
Derbyshire Scouts have their own website and one for for Drum Hill Scout Camp. They have several facebook pages, for the Scouts, for Drum Hill Scout Camp, and they even have a facebook page for the Larch Hall Bunkhouse itself! Derbyshire Scouts are also on twitter. Why not talk to them about the project?