Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Has Wornington Green gone Porto-belly-up?
We went upstairs in Faraday House which is now full of temporary co-op tenants since the original tenants were decanted, and peeped over the balconies, only to see ...
Rumours abound as usual at Wornington Green where everyone knows everyone's business, and if they don't they just might make it up so get your word in first ... too late mate, the word is, the builders have been sacked because KHT's development arm, Catastrophe - oops - Catalyst by Design, were trying to negotiate another five million quid off the price.
Given that they have already told the Council they can't afford to reprovide the park, and rumour has it not the Venture Centre either, and they are now allegedly trying to prune £5m off the cost of the first phase, some may assume that the whole development may be about to go Porto-belly up.
Even if, as we are led to believe, Catastrophe by Design are hunting for a cheaper builder, this would take forever and a day to reorganise. Deadlines are already gathering dust and cobwebs and shortly could crumble into dust. The HCA might ask for their £19m back; in short, the whole project is looking more and more improbable.
We could say, toljer, because, guess what, when you put a bunch of incompetents in charge of a £300m-odd project, there is an off chance it could go pear-shaped. We could even afford ourselves a wry laugh. The utter stupidity of calling the development 'for marketing purposes' Portobello Square, when there is a pre-existing Portobello Square just down the road, the idiocy of having one WG website on the Catalyst main site, then another that you can't find on Google (called 'from here to eternity' or some such rubbish)plus innumerable other mishaps and misrepresentations that I cannot mention for fear of litigation - well, it all adds up to greed+incompetence=chaos.
But given the genuine heart-ache so many residents have already been put through, the blatantly desperate need for more and larger homes (not that they were going to get them at W Green anyway despite the spin) and the quite shameful state of some of the existing buildings due to bad management, it is absolutely not funny at all.