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The Scandal Of Timber Wharf: Part 6

Jill Burdett with the latest episode from the Castlefield roof that leaked £1m

Written by . Published on December 30th 2014.

The Scandal Of Timber Wharf: Part 6

THERE has been a little bit of Christmas cheer for the long suffering leaseholders at Timber Wharf who had to pay £1m to get the leaky roof of their multi-award winning building fixed.

If you missed instalments one to five of this saga you can catch up here: part one, two, three, four and five.

“Nobody should have had to go through this and it makes me question whether I would ever buy another flat"

After much wrangling the NHBC has finally paid out some insurance money, around £550,000, and half of that has been passed back to owners. It is hoped the final payout will be nearer £750,000.

The other half is being held back by the building’s own management committee until a final debting dozen or so of owners make a contribution and until the cost of initial work such as reports and excavations are calculated.

The Committee is hoping to pay out a second tranche in the New Year with a third and final instalment coming when the NHBC agrees its final amount. They have pledged that this money will go back to owners and not be swallowed up in the sinking fund.

Timber Wharf's leaky roofTimber Wharf's leaky roof

Credit to the Management Committee for continuing to have the energy to pursue this and a very small and belated bit of credit to developer Urban Splash which says it does not want back any of the £150,000 it contributed for the sixteen apartments it still owns. The very least it could do given the decade of misery owners have suffered.

Even when the NHBC agreed it would be liable for some of the damage (Its warranty never covered the flat roof) the process of claiming has been painful with every owner having to fill in overly complicated and confusing forms.

The building’s management company, Mainstay, has been playing its part but there have been grumblings about it taking so very long.

Still, some money has been paid back which shows you should never give up the fight – however painful.

Tom Coyle, one of the management committee directors, said: “Nobody should have had to go through this and it makes me question whether I would ever buy another flat.

“People should be under no illusion that leases are always written in favour of the freeholder and they should be examined very carefully, line by line, before you buy.”

The repair work to the building should be completed early in 2015.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

rinkydinkDecember 30th 2014.

Urban Splash built it. They should have corrected it

AnonymousDecember 30th 2014.

Tom Bloxham's directly connected to this fiasco yet he's got his name attached to all sorts of committees and organisations, including the University. What's all that about?

4 Responses: Reply To This...
mike_aJanuary 1st 2015.

Don't understand this either. The man's regarded as a messiah when in essence he's a cowboy builder with no remorse.

AnonymousJanuary 1st 2015.

There seems to be a lot of personal venom against this man,and it's not all from people living in this building,a lot of it is pure male jealousy.I don't want to defend Bloxham for this building,but he is not a cowboy builder and he invested money in Manchester property when pretty much nobody else would dare touch it.

AnonymousJanuary 1st 2015.

Bloxham is not a criminal.There are far worse people than him with there names attached to various things. We have a had a string of sex convictions against staff from Chethams Music school for instance but despite that,they got huge huge amount public money to build their new concert hall

AnonymousJanuary 3rd 2015.

If you remember those huge photographs of people that surrounded Central Library for a couple of years during the refurb, one of them was of Bloxham. Perhaps the council has a soft spot for him too.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2015.

The photograph above is very interesting, that looks like a poor repair, not original build, not that this defends the original build. Mainstay when I lived in a flat they "maintain"ed, didnt seem to understand what quality control of maintenance was, cost control, or what preventative maintenance was. A long term maintenance schedule seemed to cnosistn of paining the corridors once every few years and cleaning the windows occasionally. Ask them for a 10 or 20 year maintenance schedule and the reply was entertaining!

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