Furniture scheme finds a new home

Jeff Love, Roy Drinkell, Bert McIntosh, Robert Wilson, Jim Rattenbury and Andy Spalding at Furniture Turnaround in Corby
Jeff Love, Roy Drinkell, Bert McIntosh, Robert Wilson, Jim Rattenbury and Andy Spalding at Furniture Turnaround in Corby
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A group which helps people in Corby find affordable furniture has moved to a new home after asbestos was found in its former building.

Corby Furniture Turnaround Project was told it had to immediately evacuate St Mark’s Buisness Centre on December 20.

Corby Council closed the building as a precaution after asbestos was found during a routine inspection.

Project manager Andy Spalding said normal business resumed on Monday at its new base at Unit 1a and 1b in South Folds Road, on the Oakley Hay industrial estate after a frustrating wait.

He said: “Someone came down and said you are going to have to leave the building, you can’t take anything, leave everything and come out of the door now.

“With health and safety they don’t take any risks.

“It has taken longer than we were hoping but we have been relocated now.

“What we want people to know is we are there and providing the same service.”

The sudden departure from the business centre, which is owned by Corby Council, also affected Brats Day Nursery, which later moved to Grosvenor House, and a handful of firms which were relocated to Corby Enterprise Centre.

Corby Furniture Turnaround collects and refurbishes unwanted furniture and sells it on at affordable prices to those who need it.

Mr Spalding, who estimates more than 80 van loads of goods have been moved, said: “We are hoping people will know we are back, that things will carry on and people will still use the service.”

The project continues to have the same phone number, which is 01536 402181.