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Norris Green Youth Centre's DIY SOS

Norris Green, Marlon FS Hard

Brett Martin has come to the rescue of a dilapidated youth club in Liverpool by responding to a DIY SOS in aid of Children in Need. The refurbishment of Norris Green Youth Centre is Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team’s biggest ever build. Brett Martin certainly helped them make an impact by donating Marlon FS Hard strike-resistant polycarbonate for the centre’s security windows.   

The primetime BBC makeover programme aired its ‘Big Build’ to six million viewers as a Children in Need Special in November. The anti-vandal windows, manufactured by Brett Martin’s partner Crimeshield Manufacturing Ltd using Marlon FS Hard, hit the spot in more ways than one when presenter Nick Knowles struck one with a baseball bat. Nick’s wrist came off worse, as the window was undamaged.   

Marlon FS Hard is a lightweight yet highly resilient polycarbonate. Two hundred times stronger than glass, it is virtually unbreakable, allows high light transmission and is abrasion resistant on both sides.   

Nick Hughes, National Sales Manager for Brett Martin said: “Seeing the sheet being hit by a baseball bat really demonstrates Marlon FS Hard’s strength and durability, although it is subjected to much more rigorous testing than that! It is used extensively for security applications so the youth centre, which is unfortunately frequently vandalised, was a perfect application.  

“We donated more than 50m2 of Marlon FS Hard, pre-cut to size, to Crimeshield Manufacturing to produce the windows and hope the centre has many more safe and secure years ahead of it.”  

Norris Green Youth Centre, originally an Old Boys Club built 52 years ago, provides activities for young people in one of the most deprived areas of Liverpool. Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team took just nine days to revamp the community centre thanks to the efforts of the companies who donated materials and a 200-strong volunteer workforce who gave their time and skills.  

Director of Crimeshield Manufacturing, Jim Brennan added: “We were surprised to be asked by DIY SOS to provide our ‘Windowshield’ windows for the centre. It is a very new product and this will be one of the first installations.  

“Marlon FS Hard is the natural choice for our polycarbonate due to its incredible strength yet glass-like appearance. Security was a key issue but the BBC producers wanted to avoid the youth club looking like a detention centre so our windows, glazed with Marlon FS Hard, were ideal. Brett Martin was more than happy to donate the sheet and we in turn were delighted to supply the windows.”  

Marlon FS Hard polycarbonate incorporates a durable surface coating which resists marks and scratches, vandalism, chemicals and physical attack. It is fire, weather and UV resistant and carries a limited ten year warranty. A Marlon FS Hard test kit is available free of charge by emailing  

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