Revamp for community recording and rehearsal studio thanks to North Devon Homes and its partner Westcountry Maintenance Services.

How the building appeared before the work.How the building appeared before the work.

The Ariel Studios near Ilfracombe has been given a new look thanks to North Devon Homes.

The major exterior redecoration was the result of a community project between the housing provider and partner contractor Westcountry Maintenance Services (WMS).

The recording and rehearsal studio at Mullacott was chosen to benefit after WMS offered to work on a community in return for winning a two year contract to paint and decorate NDH properties.

WMS provided the labour and all the paint required for the project was kindly donated by Dulux and delivered free of charge.

A special opening was held to celebrate the completion of works and was attended by members of the Channel Arts Association which manages the facility, and people involved in the development of the project including staff from North Devon Homes and WMS.

North Devon Homes director of neighbourhoods Marc Rostock, said "Projects such as these demonstrate that our focus on delivering social value in the local area is important and can achieve results which are of significant benefit to the local community.

"Westcountry Maintenance Services has delivered some really impressive, high quality refurbishment works, which we hope will make a real difference to the people who use the Ariel Studios."
Channel Arts trustee Derek Woodcock added: "We are a small local charity dependent on hire fees from the bands using the Ariel to keep the studios going; North Devon Homes' contribution has made a massive difference to the building and the trustees are all extremely grateful for their assistance."