BAE kitchen removal begins

Work has begun on removing a disused kitchen from BAE Systems’ Warton site.

The fully working kitchen has been donated to Recycling Lives by BAE Systems’ Director of Investment and Infrastructure Services David Holmes, in a bid to recycle as much of the company’s unwanted equipment ahead of demolition.

The building the kitchen has come from is due to be demolished in coming months after a new modern canteen was opened on a different part of the site.

The kitchen which is being removed by a number of Recycling Lives Residents will be re-fitted in the Recycling Lives Centre, in Essex Street, Preston and will form the hub of a new community cafe.

The cafe will not only provide a service to the wider community but it will become a new work placement facility for any future Recycling Lives Residents who wish to learn catering and customer service skills.

All of our Residents are on their own personal journey to full time employment and independent living.

Recycling Lives offers opportunities to homeless and disadvantaged members of society to change their lives for the better, through education, training and work experience.

Mark Lewington, BAE Systems Specialist Works Services Engineer, who has facilitated the removal of the kitchen said: “I think this partnership between BAE Systems and Recycling Lives is a really positive thing that enables BAE Systems to put something back into the community.

“When I left the Navy 25 years ago, I was homeless briefly through no fault of my own and being involved in this project has made me proud. People generally think that homelessness is avoidable and sometimes it isn’t.

“Working with Recycling Lives has not only improved our Corporate Social Responsibility but it has enabled us to help those less fortunate in society.”