DIY SOS Burrington Style

6 July 2021

South West developer Burrington Estates is set to completely refurbish an existing building and create a bright new residential space for students attending WESC Foundation’s specialist College in Countess Wear, Exeter. 

Staff from WESC Foundation and Burrington Estates standing outside a building in front of their company signs
Pictured L-R: Steve Fowler, Burrington Estates New Homes Commercial Director, Mark Edworthy, Burrington Estates Group Managing Director, Jane Bell, CEO of WESC Foundation, Kai Horstmann, Burrington Estates Group Relationships Director and Cameron Merry, WESC Senior Fundraiser.

The ‘Bungalow Project’ will see Burrington convert one of the charity’s old classrooms into a modern, two-bedroom home for students. It will be a fully accessible single floor space ideal for students who might otherwise not be able to attend WESC Foundation College due to their level of vision impairment and complex needs. 

Jane Bell, CEO of WESC Foundation says “This development will enable us to say yes to two more students, providing a life changing opportunity for these young people to develop their life skills ready for the next stage of their life, with daily living skills and independence.  

“We would simply not be able to make this happen in such a short timescale without the generous support of Burrington Estates and all the people who work for them.”  

The Burrington Estates team are currently preparing plans and schedule of works required to make the transformation, with a view to carrying out the work in August, ready for students to move into the building in September. 

Mark Edworthy, Group Managing Director at Burrington Estates adds “We’re delighted to be able to help WESC by using our skills and local contractors to carry out this transformation quickly.  

“Although we have a little more time than the DIY SOS team usually have to complete the work, everyone here is raring to go. We can’t wait to watch the refurbishment unfold over the coming weeks to create a fantastic residential space for the students at WESC.” 

WESC Foundation offers a range of educational, care and support services to children, young people and adults with visual impairment and other complex needs. It provides young people from across the UK with full time residential care, a comprehensive mobility, orientation and therapy programme, work experience and employability skills, in addition to education in school and college. 


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