Frustration had also been expressed about poor workmanship in other areas of his flat, so I asked for more. However I did not expect to see this:
- bad damp and peeling paintwork due to 'missing mastic' on the outside of the window-frame. Given that the resident had moved in barely three months previously, this was frankly appalling.
The following weekend it rained again, with the following result, a plague of boils on the ceiling 'like an alien', which finally burst:
Then I was sent the following, showing a 'living wall' in his neighbour's terrace, and some scary (and dangerous to health) mould in his bathroom:
- this building has been occupied for just three months. Most revealing of all is a small but very eloquent detail of finishing:
This of course is the social housing; is it truly built by unskilled labour, as we are told? Right next door to it is the 'market housing', which looks the same from the outside, but you can't help but wonder if it is the same appalling low quality of workmanship on the inside. Very very soon I will get into a 'market flat', and find out if the reality matches the PR on which they sold the building, off plan, to wealthy investors in Hong Kong.
Watch this space ARDMORE CONSTRUCTION, CATALYST HOUSING GROUP, CATALYST BY DESIGN, AND PRP ARCHITECTS. This development, according to some, is
'a crime scene'.