Griffiths and the DIY SOS Million Pound Build for Children in Need

DIY SOS: The Big Build is the BBC’s flagship home renovation programme. It has been running for 18 years and attracts 5 million viewers per episode in its prime spot on BBC1. The award winning show, presented by Nick Knowles and his team, take on extremely Big Builds across the country in just nine days. The programme completely relies on the support and generosity of the local community, businesses, tradespeople and suppliers to carry out the work which will transform the lives of local families and charities.

Aired on 15th November 2017, the DIY SOS Team descend on Swansea to build a centre and supported housing for young people in care and leaving care. This special episode shares the stories from some of Wales’s most vulnerable young people as well as the founder of the Roots Foundation Wales, a charity part-funded by BBC Children in Need that supports young people in and leaving care.


Griffiths’ Sustainability Challenge commits us to supporting the development of cohesive communities and leaving positive lasting legacies in the areas we work. The DIY SOS Million Pound Build for Children in Need aligns with many of our Social & Culture objectives and targets and will help the Roots Centre, Swansea, continue to support local young people leaving the care system and embarking on their own lives.

Works were undertaken in two days, 15th and 19th September and with BBC cameras onsite filming renovation works. On the first day, Griffiths’ Surfacing Supervisor Scott McKenzie and his Hand-Lay gang, Jo Aston, Graham Rees, Lyn Hansford, Gerwyn Lott and David Cook, spent the day resurfacing the parking bays at the Centre.


On day 2, the access road to the Centre was planed and resurfaced with approximately 45t of AC10 Close Surface Course. The eight-man Machine-Lay gang, Jamie Lent, Stephen Lott, Jack Parry, Andrew Williams, Ian Price, Martin Rogers, Gavin Griffiths and Matthew Parry used a Paver, two Rollers and an Airmaster and were onsite for the day. RNA kindly supported us with planing works, Amberon provided Traffic Management and Hanson supplied the asphalt.


The programme is available on iPlayer following broadcast here.