Kevin McCloud homes hit by construction complaints

Grant Prior 12 years ago
Share

Residents of eco homes in Swindon developed by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud have made complaints about a host of building defects.

People living at The Triangle  have complained about cracked walls and ceilings, water leaks and problems with stairs and doors.

The 42-home scheme by Haboakus is a joint venture between McCloud’s firm Hab and housing group GreenSquare.

Residents started moving in last summer after work was completed by main contractor Willmott Dixon.

Spokesman for GreenSquare, Vic O’Brien, told the BBC: “We have had, and we continue to have, some severe problems with building defects.

“They are things which we weren’t expecting from the builder and we’re now in the process of tackling all of those.

“It’s bad building. There are hardly any design issues there, it’s to do with the quality of the building works.”

He added that the most “important” problems would be dealt with “in the next few weeks” and all issues would be dealt with by the end of the summer.

A Willmott Dixon spokesperson said, “Greensquare decided to initiate an approach to post completion defects management by opting, against our advice, to take responsibility for this.

“This appears to have significantly hindered communication over matters arising and resulted in us not being made fully aware of issues experienced by residents.

“Providing quality and customer care are essential elements to how we have done business for 160 years, and we are quick to resolve any issues our clients may have post-completion.

“Once we have worked with Greensquare to ascertain the full details of the problems raised, we will work closely with all parties to bring everything to a prompt conclusion.”

Latest news

Grenfell police probe to last at least until end of 2025

19 companies and 58 individuals could eventually face charges
3 hours ago

Mace confirmed on £100m London office retrofit

Work underway on Helical's 100 New Bridge Street job near Ludgate Circus
15 hours ago

Wylfa chosen for next big nuclear power station build

Government names Anglesey site for a large-scale gigawatt nuclear power plant.
18 hours ago

Bowmer & Kirkland trading profit halves

Contractor buys HVAC specialist Adcock despite challenging market
18 hours ago

Piling specialist Van Elle plans further job cuts

Piling specialist plans further cost savings in face of lower demand
19 hours ago

Civils contractor A Catlow files administration notice

High voltage cable specialist lodges court notice
18 hours ago

Green light for ARC Oxford lab campus

Work to start later this year on £40m Ascent building job
19 hours ago

Stonehenge tunnel hit by another legal delay

Court upholds latest appeal against £1.7bn scheme by campaigners
1 day ago

Plans go in for huge Olympic Park construction hub

Bow Goods Yard could deliver 3.5m tonnes of materials a year to sites across London
2 days ago

40% affordable homes target for Labour’s new towns

Labour pledges to select new town sites by end of first year
2 days ago

Plan for £100m Liverpool Baltic station

Construction work could begin next year
2 days ago

Surgo Construction went down owing £4.5m

Biggest creditor is Bellway Homes after dispute on housing job
2 days ago

Vistry seals £157m West London housing deal

Around 575 homes to be built at Merrick Place scheme in Ealing
2 days ago

Streamlined Watkin Jones returns to profit in first half

Multi-room specialist sees secured work pipeline hit £1.4bn
2 days ago

Bellway hires ex-brickie as group construction chief

James Griffin to oversee move to the Future Homes Standard and timber frame.
2 days ago

Persimmon under fire for delays to £10m relief road

West Suffolk Council serves Breach of Condition Notices after timetable slips again
2 days ago

BAM wins £33m Kent secondary school job

Replacement Swanley academy to be built at live school site
2 days ago

Aluminium cladding specialist collapses

Melton Mowbray-based firm worked for several main contractors
3 days ago

Brickwork contractor Lee Marley returns to profit

Affordable and rental homes demand lifts brickwork contractor
3 days ago

Housing contractor Durkan suffers second year of losses

More fire safety provisions tip firm into £3.9m loss
3 days ago

Farrans makes breakthrough on tricky tunnel job

Tunnel under Tees latest part of new £155m water pipeline job
3 days ago

Heidelberg buys aggregates and earthworks specialist B&A

Latest deal follows acquisition of Mick George
3 days ago

Flagship biodiversity net gain scheme flawed

NAO warns Government's flagship green development scheme at risk of failure
6 days ago

Plan in for £3bn Lincolnshire mega data centre

3.3m sq ft Humber Tech Park will be one of Europe's largest data centres
6 days ago

Green light for Digbeth 1,300 homes scheme

Warner’s Fields scheme to start with excavation and landscaping of the River Rea
6 days ago

£210m M3 Junction 9 upgrade gains consent

VolkerFitzpatrick to start work in early 2025 on Winnall roundabout, near Winchester
6 days ago

United Living wins 14-year L&Q homes repairs deal

Trafford housing upkeep deal worth £205m
6 days ago

£400m Lewisham resi-led scheme advances

Land deal paves way for Amro Partners' 1,000-home London scheme
6 days ago

McLaren gets go-ahead for Grade II listed Leeds student scheme

Springfield House to be revamped and two new wings added
6 days ago

Piling giant to fit people alarms on all rigs

Cementation Skanska upgrades site safety systems
6 days ago

Contractor services