June 2013, Havering's cabinet member for housing... Councillor Mike Armstrong...
“On my first day of becoming lead member for housing, I sat down with the officers and said: ‘I want to knock down the Mardyke Estate and regenerate it’,” remembered Cllr Armstrong.
“The estate was appallingly designed – it wasn’t energy-efficient, it had high levels of crime, there were poor-quality living conditions and lots of issues with dumping and graffiti. It wasn’t particularly loved. Nobody wanted to move there. We had a large number of flats we couldn’t let.”
Funding: £80million from central government, £28million from the Homes and Communities Agency, land from Havering Council. Tower blocks demolished: four of six, with the fifth to go this summer.
“The estate today just shows you what can be achieved when local authorities work with local residents.”
According to Cllr Armstrong, getting residents on side is one of the main reasons the redevelopment has been such a success.
People who lived on the Mardyke were invited to join a “neighbourhood board” at the start of the project, and were involved in designing the new buildings and naming the roads.
“Giving people an environment they can be proud of raises their aspirations,” said Cllr Armstrong. “They think they can have something better.”
From BBC site and featured on the morning BBC news programme.
Rainham Orchard Village homeowners get buyback offer
8 February 2017
One resident said the Housing Association sent workmen to repair a ceiling suffering from damp but they left the job half done
The housing association in charge of a "poorly-built" housing estate in east London has offered to buy back dozens of the properties.
Residents of Orchard Village, in Rainham, said they have had to deal with a range of problems, including raw sewage, mice, and gas leaks.
The association which manages the estate, Clarion Housing, has offered to buy back 58 of the 387 homes.
It admitted the situation was "unacceptable".
Clarion took over the estate when it bought original property developer Circle Homes two months ago.
Call to demolish
Orchard Village, where a two-bedroom flat costs about £250,000, was opened in 2014.
Built partly using £31m of public money, the £80m estate replaced the "notorious" Mardyke housing estate.
Colin Nickless, who moved into the estate in September 2015 to be near a special school for his daughter, who has cystic fibrosis, said: "My son's bedroom had wastewater going through from the leaking waste pipe. We had roof leaks, leaks from the bath coming out.
"Subsequently then we had mould and damp growing."
Broken fire alarm
Resident complained this malfunctioning fire alarm had not been fixed
"My daughter picked up a bacterial infection, she spent many weeks in hospital. My son has also been admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties. It's like a cycle of illness not just in my home but all across the estate.
"We call it the Orchard Village Sickness or the Orchard Village Flu".
Havering UKIP councillor Phil Martin called for the whole estate to be demolished.
"We've had a poor chap wandering about for days on sewer-soaked carpets before they did anything about it," he said.
"And of course the value of the houses has plummeted. You can't sell them at all.
"The only solution is to pull the whole lot down and start again, because all this is doing is patching up."
Damp in one of the Flats at Orchard Village
Several residents have complained about damp in their properties
A spokesperson for Clarion said its dedicated project team had "already made significant progress in tackling the build defects at Orchard Village".
It said it took concerns "extremely seriously", and that the organisation had "instructed ground investigation specialists to undertake rigorous scientific tests".
Brilliant work by Havering council.
Pass the buck to a useless housing association and wash their hands of any problems relating to the construction.
Ah and who signed off planning permission and inspected the properties?
Yep as ex councillor Michael Armstrong boasted at the time an estate to be proud of.
Sure Mikey if your up the slum landlord of all time award.
Yeah not heard that term for Donkey's years mate.
The 2 bed maisonette I bought in Hackney on the right to buy scheme with my mum was meant to have been Jerry built and still standing after 98 years!. And can anyone remember the old pre-fab bungalows built just after WW2? Someone I know lived in Nunhead village the other side of the river and when I first visited her place close by there they were. Late 40's prefabs maximum life span 20 years still standing in 1992 but a brand new state of the art (ha ha) housing complex condemned after three years! Must have different Jerry builders these days!
Another tale of woe, albeit in Scotland but the same chuck it up and hope for the best technique.
Edinburgh school wall collapse report highlights 'lack of scrutiny'
1 hour ago
From the section
Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland
The problems first became apparent when engineers examined the wall that collapsed at Oxgangs Primary during stormy weather
A report into safety failures that forced 17 Edinburgh schools to close has highlighted a lack of proper scrutiny of the construction work.
The independent report has criticised the council and the partnership which managed the building contracts, as well as the construction company.
City of Edinburgh Council said lessons would be learned from the report.
Nine tonnes of masonry fell at Oxgangs Primary School in January 2016 during a storm.
Ten primaries, five secondaries and two additional support needs schools were shut because of concerns over the standard of construction in the city.
About 7,600 pupils were affected by the closures.
Just picked up and returned a lady in a wheelchair from Orchard village she told me she could only get out when i came as no one else could or would get her whelchair up the rocky path to her house.Its wobbly and broken but is only two years old.
My uncle lived in a prefab in River road barking it was made of wood and lasted from 1946 until 1969 when they built the rest of Thames view another aunt lived in a prefab in gale street lovely cosy and my old Great gran lived in her prefab until at 104 she died that waS in Talbot road east ham.Prefabs were part of my childhood.My uncle came home from the war to find his house demolished so bought a plot on canvey island and built a prefab with tin roof.
I used to love it lying in the dark listening to the rain pour down.My uncle had taken me on his motorcycle to spend the week with him until the night before the storm he decided to take me home the next day Canvey flooded.His prefab was ok as it was on a little hill but most of the street he was in was destroyed.
Cor that was luxury OC!
Ok we had a bath but heating was an old electric fire and a paraffin heater.
I never used to get two bob's as my dad kept them for the meter.
And they called them the good old days!