London Re-Use Commercial is dedicated to helping the environment by diverting large quantities of redundant office and educational furniture from landfill with the prime aim of ‘re-use’. As part of the London Re-use Network which is made up of local charities and not for profit organizations that work together to deliver reuse and repair services, we collect from collects from very large office blocks to single office suites and provides second hand quality re-use furniture to charities, community and educational groups and small business via the network.
Keeping the kids learning!
30 September 2010Dedication to removing and reusing education furniture and equipment brings a heart warming tale - unless youre a child!
Hatcham Temple Grove Primary School
Following the devastating fire that broke out on 6 April at Hatcham Temple Grove Primary School in New Cross, South London the school was faced with an impossible dilemma: with less than a week to do it how could they get the school back up and running ready for 300 children to come back to after the Easter break?
At this point we stepped in and working almost day and night found in excess of 900 items of furniture including 370 chairs, 30 bookcases made from recycled material and even a medical couch!
The school, part of the well known Haberdashers Federation, was undergoing a complete refurbishment when it was completely burnt out and all the furniture and equipment was lost. It needed to create from scratch a new school as quickly as possible and for the minimum cost. The school needed everything from clocks, whiteboards and bins to storage units, tables and chairs to furnish 16 classrooms including a nursery and specialist ITC rooms, 6 offices, the staff room and a reception area.
We offered our services to replace as much of the items as possible, being able to fulfil such a large order in such a short space of time was major challenge, however pulling on all resources from the 4 partners across the country the order was met.
Having recently cleared out Southwark Primary School in Nottinghamshire, Broadfields School, Edgware and Jarrow School, Tyne & Wear we were able to provide a range of specialist primary school furniture.
They very quickly identified an empty building that would be suitable but that left them just 4 days to source the furniture and equipment needed for 300 children and their teachers.
Nick Lewis the Facilities Manager for the Federation said "We were in a very difficult situation and they went a significant way to assist with our immediate needs and the short term recovery following the devastating fire at our New Cross primary school premises last week."
John Fleming COO said this is one of our proudest achievements - we were set up precisely to help schools and charities with tough requirements and low budgets. To think that the children won't miss a day of school as a result of our efforts makes all our efforts worthwhile.
London Re-use Facts
We've been around for over 10 years
We were among the first commercial furniture charities to recognise the scale of the 500,000 tonnes of waste being dumped in landfill every year
We've helped over 5,500 charities and organisations providing low cost furniture
We have donated over 70 jam packed containers of valauable educational and office furniture across the developing world
Our volunteers programme has save the state over £500K in social benefit
We have 4 processing centres across the UK which combined offer over 100,000 sq ft of capacity to deal with unwanted items