A London politician has demanded a quick response from Bouygues after a part of a balcony collapsed inside a housing growth constructed by the contractor.
Barking and Dagenham Council chief Darren Rodwell wrote to the French-owned contractor’s administration urging inspections be carried out “at tempo”.
The native authority stated a part of a balcony facade at Weaver’s Quarter in east London collapsed on Saturday (11 November) in a “horrifying expertise” for residents.
Bouygues delivered the houses on the previous Gascoigne Property in Barking for L&Q, which was performing as growth agent and subsequently bought the houses on this section to the council, which now owns them by means of its housing firm Reside.
Rodwell wrote in his letter to Bouygues: “In September, L&Q served a defect discover on Bouygues concerning the soundness of the balcony facades.
“I perceive that Bouygues has accepted this discover, however not but legal responsibility for the work. I perceive Bouygues has already accomplished repairs to some balconies on the property.
“I anticipate all remaining inspections to be carried out at tempo in order that work will be accomplished to make good the remaining balconies.”
Though nobody was harm by the balcony collapse, the council stated in an announcement that it posed “a threat to individuals who could also be passing by”.
It added: “Reside is arranging works to cut back the chance till we have now clear assurance that each one balconies on the property are secure.
“We’re at the moment in discussions with Bouygues to impress on it the necessity to take pressing motion on the issues raised. We are going to proceed to work with Bouygues, L&Q and Reside to handle any ongoing resident issues.”
Resident Matt Lismore revealed on social media an electronic mail he despatched to Rodwell in Might 2022 elevating “concern concerning the administration and construct high quality” of Weaver’s Quarter. “No motion was taken,” claimed Lismore.
Bouygues UK stated in an announcement: “Following the incident at Weaver’s Quarter Property, the place some soffit boards indifferent and fell from a balcony, our principal concern has been guaranteeing residents’ security.
“We’re working laborious with Reside to take instant motion, put the required security measures in place and undertake acceptable remediation works.”
L&Q declined to remark.