Housing association Circle 33 to commission independent assessment of issues raised at Queen Mary's Gate and Blackberry Court in South Woodford

Queen Mary's Gate development in South Woodford.

Queen Mary's Gate development in South Woodford.

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A housing association has announced it will carry out an investigation into buildings on an estate after the developer denied there were structural faults.

Circle 33 that there are inherent structural issues at Blackberry Court, which was built as part of the landmark Queen Mary's Gate development, off High Road, South Woodford, five years ago.

This followed a number of complaints by residents, with reports of a collapsed ceiling and mould.

At a public meeting on Friday, Bernadette Fry, assistant director for neighbourhoods at Circle 33, told residents there were “real issues” with the Blackberry Court block which should not be happening because they are new.

But developer Telford Homes said it found no structural issues during a recent investigation and blamed Circle 33 for failing to maintain the blocks.

Telford Homes group sales and marketing director, David Campbell, said: "Poor management of any building will cause difficulties for residents and we sincerely hope Circle 33 will now undertake the outstanding works necessary to resolve resident issues.”

Circle 33 has now agreed to commission an independent investigation into the maintenance issues of the buildings.

Chris Ellison, Group Regional Operations Director for Circle Housing Circle 33 said: “We are committed to resolving the issues at Queen Mary’s Gate as quickly as possible. 

"We have commissioned an independent consultant to assess the extent of the problem and we will be working closely with the developer to resolve it.  We are also working extremely hard to rectify urgent repairs issues.” 
 

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8:55am Thu 3 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

Landmark? Eyesore more like it.
Landmark? Eyesore more like it. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 1

9:36am Thu 3 Apr 14

Concerned_Citizen says...

Anyone trying to sell any of these flats will now find it IMPOSSIBLE.
Absolutely NO bank will offer a mortgage with this kind of structural problem.


The good estate agents of George Lane must be tearing their hair out to have lost such a lucrative money-spinner.
Anyone trying to sell any of these flats will now find it IMPOSSIBLE. Absolutely NO bank will offer a mortgage with this kind of structural problem. The good estate agents of George Lane must be tearing their hair out to have lost such a lucrative money-spinner. Concerned_Citizen
  • Score: 3

10:04am Thu 3 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Concerned_Citizen wrote:
Anyone trying to sell any of these flats will now find it IMPOSSIBLE.
Absolutely NO bank will offer a mortgage with this kind of structural problem.


The good estate agents of George Lane must be tearing their hair out to have lost such a lucrative money-spinner.
Most of them are probably rented out any road.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned_Citizen[/bold] wrote: Anyone trying to sell any of these flats will now find it IMPOSSIBLE. Absolutely NO bank will offer a mortgage with this kind of structural problem. The good estate agents of George Lane must be tearing their hair out to have lost such a lucrative money-spinner.[/p][/quote]Most of them are probably rented out any road. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

10:24am Thu 3 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Concerned_Citizen wrote:
Anyone trying to sell any of these flats will now find it IMPOSSIBLE.
Absolutely NO bank will offer a mortgage with this kind of structural problem.


The good estate agents of George Lane must be tearing their hair out to have lost such a lucrative money-spinner.
Some people do not need a mortgage, so it is possible.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned_Citizen[/bold] wrote: Anyone trying to sell any of these flats will now find it IMPOSSIBLE. Absolutely NO bank will offer a mortgage with this kind of structural problem. The good estate agents of George Lane must be tearing their hair out to have lost such a lucrative money-spinner.[/p][/quote]Some people do not need a mortgage, so it is possible. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

12:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

SophieJ81 says...

This article is incorrect in that it isn't just blackberry court that has structural problems but every block in both the social housing part of the development and the private gated part of the development. In the social housing part though this has been made worse by ongoing poor maintenance by circle 33.
This article is incorrect in that it isn't just blackberry court that has structural problems but every block in both the social housing part of the development and the private gated part of the development. In the social housing part though this has been made worse by ongoing poor maintenance by circle 33. SophieJ81
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Thu 3 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

SophieJ81 wrote:
This article is incorrect in that it isn't just blackberry court that has structural problems but every block in both the social housing part of the development and the private gated part of the development. In the social housing part though this has been made worse by ongoing poor maintenance by circle 33.
Either way the whole thing is a shambles.
[quote][p][bold]SophieJ81[/bold] wrote: This article is incorrect in that it isn't just blackberry court that has structural problems but every block in both the social housing part of the development and the private gated part of the development. In the social housing part though this has been made worse by ongoing poor maintenance by circle 33.[/p][/quote]Either way the whole thing is a shambles. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 2

2:06am Fri 4 Apr 14

SophieJ81 says...

It is a shambles indeed, and I have to live here as I cannot afford to rent privately and the chance of doing a mutual exchange is slim to none, a quick google and of course nobody wants to move here. I moved here in good faith and with relatively high expectations. To make matters worse my rent is considerably higher than other similar sized 3 bedroom housing association flats in the area and in most of East London in general.

A relative of mine lives in another newbuild development in Newham, also built by a large company but managed by another housing association. Their rent is cheaper than the two bedroom flats here as is their service charge, yet their development is like the ritz compared to here, cleaned every day, well managed and maintained, build quality is far superior, it just seems unfair. Many residents are starting to feel that the social housing side of this development is being used as a cash cow by circle housing to fund other projects elsewhere.
It is a shambles indeed, and I have to live here as I cannot afford to rent privately and the chance of doing a mutual exchange is slim to none, a quick google and of course nobody wants to move here. I moved here in good faith and with relatively high expectations. To make matters worse my rent is considerably higher than other similar sized 3 bedroom housing association flats in the area and in most of East London in general. A relative of mine lives in another newbuild development in Newham, also built by a large company but managed by another housing association. Their rent is cheaper than the two bedroom flats here as is their service charge, yet their development is like the ritz compared to here, cleaned every day, well managed and maintained, build quality is far superior, it just seems unfair. Many residents are starting to feel that the social housing side of this development is being used as a cash cow by circle housing to fund other projects elsewhere. SophieJ81
  • Score: 0

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