CMC goes SOS for Manchester war veterans’ renovation project

It was all hands on deck for CMC Flooring this September as the team from CMC lent their floor-laying skills to a great cause.

As part of popular BBC show DIY SOS, 10 members of the CMC Flooring team visited Newton Heath in Manchester to work on a volunteer housing transformation project for army veterans and their families.

With 62 homes requiring restoration, the team worked solidly for three days on a total of five houses, installing carpet, vinyl and luxury vinyl planks. CMC Office Manager Carole Brown said: “Some days we worked up to 15 hours on site – on one occasion, we were the last ones there, until one in the morning!”

It seems the team’s hard graft was all worth it though. While the site was visited by the likes of Princes William and Harry, it was the opportunity to work with the BBC’s Nick Knowles that really motivated the team. “It was really uplifting,” adds Carole. “It really gave the lads a boost!”

The CMC team were grateful for the support of their loyal suppliers, Ardex Adhesive, Carpet and Flooring Manchester, Cormar Carpets, Moduleo LVT and Carpenter, who provided flooring material.  Meanwhile Harvey Maria and Altro donated vital material for the houses’ bathrooms, whilst Lee Floorstok provided the finishing touches with grippers, threshold trims and stair nosings. The project also comprised a walk-in support centre, with 17 empty homes set to be run by Haig Housing.

DIY SOS will be screened on BBC One on October 14 and 21, and will surely help to improve CMC Flooring’s rising profile. The family-run company is currently extending its offering in an exciting new online venture for both consumer and B2B customers with the launch of The National Flooring Centre, with a new website for customers to browse a wide range of products.

With television appearances and charity projects to work upon, it’s just the start of an exciting future for the company. Managing Director Phil McIntosh said: “We feel proud to have delivered such a project in just three days for no cost.

“Being able to help provide injured ex-servicemen with a quality environment to live in has been a truly great cause and a wonderful experience to have been a part of.”

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