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Community restoration: giving neglected landmarks a fresh new look

Nominations are open to give a local landmark in your town a spruce up this autumn

Community restoration: giving neglected landmarks a fresh new look

Community restoration: giving neglected landmarks a fresh new look

We’re very excited to open nominations for our nationwide community restoration project to help one lucky community restore a tired local landmark or public art installation back to its former glory.

As the UK’s largest finishing and repair specialist we want to give something back and restore a little forgotten civic pride.

Inspired to help our local communities

Gary Danson, Operations Director for Plastic Surgeon, said: “It’s a campaign inspired by an undertaking of ours in North Shields, which saw us restore a statue of Stan Laurel marking the fact he grew up within the area.”

“After 30 years of neglect and exposure to the elements, it was looking in a very sorry state until we stepped in and rectified the wear and tear. The feedback we received following its restoration was great, while it also seemed to create a sense of restored civic pride alongside the actual restoration itself – hence the concept of community restoration. It was this that inspired us to try and replicate the enthusiasm for the results of our repair work elsewhere.”

Nominations are open

We’re asking for nominations over the next few weeks for projects worthy of repair or restoration. It can be anything from a public art installation covered in graffiti to a stained or chipped statue.

Gary said: “Our company ethos – given the fact we advocate repair over replacement – is centred on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The local community is important to us and this is an approach we’re looking to extend to a wider audience. As a business that has a national reach, our ‘local’ community technically stretches the length of the UK and beyond.”

Suggestions will be shortlisted, and a popular vote will decide the winner.

Entries should explain why the installation is important to the community and why it is worthy of restoration, to whip up public support.

But the Community Restoration Project won’t be able to tackle something like a sprawling mansion.

Gary said: “While we’d love to restore every suggestion that’s put forward, unfortunately, resource won’t allow it. So, we’re looking to whittle it down to a worthy ‘winner’. Put simply, whichever entry gets the most votes, will be the one that we repair.”

Start your nomination now

If you have a local installation in mind that needs repair, please send your nomination to

Entries will not be accepted after September 28th.

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