As the Decent Homes Scheme project within Bentworth Court is slowly coming to a close, it is about time to create a summary showing how things seem to have gone through the eyes of a resident.
There were two main companies involved in the rebuild of the block. These were Breyer who concentrated on the Bathroom and Kitchen refits, and Keepmoat who dealt with the main block rebuilds and improvements.
The works carried out by Breyer were blogged in detail on this site during the earlier stages of the refit.
The works carried out by them were not impressive at all.
The kitchen rebuild having resulted in the wrong colours being used, extreme mouse infestation, manpower not arriving when arranged, causing entire days of residents time wasted, and poor man-management resulting in workmen coming when they couldn’t do anything.
The bathroom rebuild was not much better. To this day the snagging has not been completed.
THE REMAINDER OF THE REBUILD WAS CARRIED OUT BY FLAT DOORS.
The flat doors were replaced with high security doors. Mine quickly lost it’s lock which came out of it’s socket with the key.
Other doors quickly showed signs of falling out letter-box flaps.
The final tiling on the balconies was of an extremely poor final standard.
The windows and balcony doors seemed to be installed efficiently and on schedule. It is a shame they were let down by the kitchen extractor, which lost it’s pull cord the first time I tried to use it. Although reported at the time, it was never repaired.
Although the residents were surveyed to select the colours they preferred for the corridors, the final colour has been nick-named ‘puke-making blue’.
An excellent addition were the door holding magnets, which are a blessing for those with limited movement.
However, door windows broken during the works have not been replaced, and although previously warned, inaccurate signage was replaced with further inaccurate signage.
Carpets were replaced with hard flooring, which seems harder to keep clean.
There was an unacceptable period where the new front doors were not operating correctly due to poor installation and system design.
The lifts have been left in a disgusting state where the padding and the tape holding the padding in place have left what were newly referbished lifts in a terrible state. They both urgently need a deep clean.
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The external works were carried out to a schedule of their own, and the results are visually pleasing.
REMOVAL OF STORAGE CONTAINERS
The major works have been completed fairly efficiently, but there is still a requirement for snagging works by both companies to be checked at all levels.
Attention needs to be paid to the ‘smaller details’.
This site will remain in place for at least six months for future reference, before being removed.
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