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The BBC makeover programme DIY SOS is transforming an entire street in Manchester into a Veterans’ village, a community for army veterans. The project, led by presenter Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS team, will bring empty houses back ino use for former ex-servicemen and women and their families to live in.

An inspiring project kick-started by, has garnered support from the city council and over 150 firms and trades people, including VPS, the UK’s leading vacant property specialists.

“We are just delighted to be able to lend a hand to this project.” Says Darren Marl, Head of VPS’ Social Housing sector. “In our day-to-day work we don’t just protect and secure empty properties, but we also have a team of specialists who helped quickly Clear and Clean the derelict properties and rear yards that had been left empty for years, preparing them for refurbishment and re-use as homes. We also engaged our grounds maintenance division, and they helped remove some old trees that were potential hazards.”

“This amazing project will not only benefit former servicemen and women who deserve our support in return for what they’ve done for us, but it will also involve hundreds of people. That community spirit could impact on the area for years to come. It’s a privilege for our VPS team to be included.”

Military veterans are being sought who need a new home in the specially established community in Newton Heath and take part of the BBC DIY SOS programme, due for screening later this year, and the BBC contact email is

As well as specially adapted homes, there will be a walk-in support centre, where the charity “Walking With The Wounded” will offer therapy, counselling, training and employment opportunities. Manchester City Council, Haig Housing and Adactus Housing are also helping with the project.

VPS, the UK and European leaders in vacant property management, supply security solutions to commercial landlords, construction firms, local authorities and housing associations. Securing over 50,000 properties at any one time, they use a range of technologies designed for vacant properties from SmartAlarm systems and cctv through to guards and live-in guardians.

VPS secure more than 50,000 properties and employ over 1600 staff in locations across the UK and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors.

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