Gants Hill ‘Scaffold Towers’ to remain until 2017

PUBLISHED: 13:32 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:32 20 April 2016

Gabrielle House in Perth Road, Gants Hill. Pic: Google Streeview

Gabrielle House in Perth Road, Gants Hill. Pic: Google Streeview


Unsightly scaffolding covering a block of flats on the site of a former cinema will remain in place for at least another year, developers have confirmed.

Repairs at Gabrielle House on the corner of Perth Road and Eastern Avenue at Gants Hill have been ongoing since March 2015 following residents’ complaints about leaking roofs and windows.

Kimberley Sara Shabbir called the building an “eyesore”.

“I live in these flats and no one is happy,” she said on Facebook.

“The scaffolding is going to be up until 2017.

“We are setting up a petition within the flats.”

Barmaid Fiona Clark, 28, who works at The Valentine opposite the building said: “I’m concerned for the people who live there.

“The scaffolding has been up for so long.”

Desmond Moreira from Rynew property management company said the firm was pleased builders Taylor Wimpey were able to return to carry out the repairs.

He said: “We know there’s a lot of frustration.

“To get Taylor Wimpey back, for us, it is a great success because the previous agent didn’t get anywhere near that.”

Imran Neguib, resident association chair said: “We are heartened that Taylor Wimpey is working together with the managing agent to bring this to a satisfactory conclusion.”

A spokeswoman for Taylor Wimpey confirmed repairs were expected to continue into 2017.

She said: “We have now successfully completed repair works at a number of properties following the isolated complaints we received about water ingress.

“We will continue to consult with the building management company and its appointed consultants to ensure the correct scope of works is agreed for outstanding works, which include roof, cladding and window repairs.”

She added: “We remain fully committed to resolving these issues as soon as possible and all residents will be kept informed and updated as works continue to progress.

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