The Halewood Grand Designs project is on a DIY mission to give our factory an uplifting make-over and summer spruce and we have seen some incredible projects so far.
This week, we caught up with Gabby McDonald, a fifth year ME Degree Apprentice in Body in White (BIW), who has been swapping mechanics for marigolds, after becoming a volunteer gardener for the department’s new outdoor rest area.
Gabby said: “Gardening is a big hobby of mine and something I never thought I would get to do at work, so it’s been a real privilege to be part of the project team and I’ve also helped with some painting too.
“We’re just putting the final touches to it now and everyone is really excited about it as it’s the first outdoor area we have had in the Body Shop.”
The new rest area features fantastic wooden furniture and planters, upcycled from surplus material found on site, which have been hand-made by our talented Grand Designs joiners.
Gabby added: “The last 18 months have been difficult for people because we haven’t been able to use our indoor rest areas because of the social distancing restrictions.
“So now it’s fantastic to see people outside enjoying the rest area on their breaks, rather than being sat at their desks and it’s really lifted everyone’s spirits. We are all grateful that we have been given the opportunity to create this special area through the Grand Designs project.”
“Gardening is a big hobby of mine and something I never thought I would get to do at work, so it’s been a real privilege to be part of the project team and I’ve also helped with some painting too."