£7m refurbishment of Poole tower block an 'absolute shambles' say residents

Bournemouth Echo: SHAMBLES: Work at Sterte Court has angered residents. SHAMBLES: Work at Sterte Court has angered residents.

RESIDENTS of prominent tower blocks in Poole which are undergoing a £7million makeover have called the refurbishment an “absolute shambles”.

Poole Housing Partnership said the delays to the renovation works at Sterte Court were “regrettable” and admitted moving the utility cables had been more complex than anticipated.

Contractors are currently laying the foundations and will be installing improved weather proofing and energy insulation, along with a new roof, windows, ventilation, balconies and ground floor lobbies.

A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The refurbishment has become an absolute shambles and after months the work has hardly progressed at all.

“The contractors all say that this is the worst site any of them have ever worked on, with poor planning and no one knowing what is going on.

“They say there has been a total mix up with moving the utility services and there is a dispute with the relevant companies.”

Leaseholders of the Poole flats have also expressed anger at having to pay what could amount to tens of thousands of pounds in contributions.

Joe Logan, Chief Executive, Poole Housing Partnership said: “Moving utilities cables at Sterte Court has been more complex than we anticipated, and as this work had to be undertaken before the foundations for the new balconies could be laid, the first phase of the project has been slightly delayed.

“This is a major works contract and such delays, regrettable as they may be, can occur.”

The works to the high-rise blocks along Holes Bay Road were thought to be necessary in order to improve the living conditions of residents and improve the appearance of the buildings.

Cllr Chris Wilson said: “They were in a dreadful condition and really needed work done to improve conditions for those living there.”

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4:44pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Vikki27 says...

Their comments are spot-on. My Grandmother lives there and when they began work on the balconies, they were all told the balconies on BOTH buildings would be finished in two weeks. That's a completely unrealistic timescale and low and behold, work has barely begun on the balconies, let alone finished!

If they had been given a realistic idea of how long the work would take then I really don't think there would be a problem. But they set impossible targets for carrying out the work, failed to meet them and are now dealing with the consequences.

Having said this, I'd rather they take a long time and do the job properly, rather than have them rush it because of the complaints, do a terrible job and have problems for months afterwards (Twin Sails Bridge, anyone?!).
Their comments are spot-on. My Grandmother lives there and when they began work on the balconies, they were all told the balconies on BOTH buildings would be finished in two weeks. That's a completely unrealistic timescale and low and behold, work has barely begun on the balconies, let alone finished! If they had been given a realistic idea of how long the work would take then I really don't think there would be a problem. But they set impossible targets for carrying out the work, failed to meet them and are now dealing with the consequences. Having said this, I'd rather they take a long time and do the job properly, rather than have them rush it because of the complaints, do a terrible job and have problems for months afterwards (Twin Sails Bridge, anyone?!). Vikki27
  • Score: 10

4:44pm Fri 10 Jan 14

BobBall says...

They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares.

Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)
They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares. Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension) BobBall
  • Score: 12

6:27pm Fri 10 Jan 14

old duffa says...

BobBall wrote:
They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares.

Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)
agree bob
a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject ,
70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc
instead they waste money on refurb the crap
again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth
[quote][p][bold]BobBall[/bold] wrote: They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares. Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)[/p][/quote]agree bob a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject , 70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc instead they waste money on refurb the crap again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth old duffa
  • Score: 13

6:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

Cllr Chris Wilson said: “They were in a dreadful condition and really needed work done to improve conditions for those living there.”

And the responsibility for the decay lies with.....?
Cllr Chris Wilson said: “They were in a dreadful condition and really needed work done to improve conditions for those living there.” And the responsibility for the decay lies with.....? Old Colonial
  • Score: 6

6:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

BobBall says...

old duffa wrote:
BobBall wrote:
They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares.

Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)
agree bob
a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject ,
70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc
instead they waste money on refurb the crap
again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth
Irony is many of those flats will be privately owned and the taxpayer gets to cover the cost of repairs for them!

Bournemouth council bought 5 houses last week for 800K, i bet in recent months theyd sold 5 council houses under "right to buy" for a fraction of that.

Good old England, we're ran by traitors.
[quote][p][bold]old duffa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobBall[/bold] wrote: They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares. Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)[/p][/quote]agree bob a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject , 70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc instead they waste money on refurb the crap again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth[/p][/quote]Irony is many of those flats will be privately owned and the taxpayer gets to cover the cost of repairs for them! Bournemouth council bought 5 houses last week for 800K, i bet in recent months theyd sold 5 council houses under "right to buy" for a fraction of that. Good old England, we're ran by traitors. BobBall
  • Score: 6

7:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Give me a break .why the **** Don,t
you people drag the corrupt .councill into a public debate .moaning on here is tedious.
Give me a break .why the **** Don,t you people drag the corrupt .councill into a public debate .moaning on here is tedious. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -3

7:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

apm1954 says...

what a shame you followed maggies dream you were warned, you buy it you pay for it what is the problem with that , you must also ask what was the expected lifespan of the flats what happens then .
what a shame you followed maggies dream you were warned, you buy it you pay for it what is the problem with that , you must also ask what was the expected lifespan of the flats what happens then . apm1954
  • Score: 5

8:11pm Fri 10 Jan 14

carrrob says...

Will probably find the main contractor will go bust halfway through the project as probably tendered at a totally unrealistic price
Will probably find the main contractor will go bust halfway through the project as probably tendered at a totally unrealistic price carrrob
  • Score: 5

10:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

typ nowhere says...

What utility cables need moving? Cant be the electricity supply cables as they are run in the communial areas in plastic trunking inside the building.
What utility cables need moving? Cant be the electricity supply cables as they are run in the communial areas in plastic trunking inside the building. typ nowhere
  • Score: 3

11:44pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

We have a saying about spending money on a bad idea:

'You can put lipstick on a pig; but it is still a pig'.
We have a saying about spending money on a bad idea: 'You can put lipstick on a pig; but it is still a pig'. Yankee1
  • Score: 9

10:45am Sat 11 Jan 14

NGrubb says...

Looks like the Soviet Union! All that missing is the statue of Lenin! :)
Looks like the Soviet Union! All that missing is the statue of Lenin! :) NGrubb
  • Score: 3

1:25pm Sat 11 Jan 14

rozmister says...

old duffa wrote:
BobBall wrote:
They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares.

Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)
agree bob
a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject ,
70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc
instead they waste money on refurb the crap
again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth
If we built 70 houses there where do you plan to house the existing residents? If those residents are council tenants there is no way you'll find 70 new council flats for them, there's just not the capacity in the system.
[quote][p][bold]old duffa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobBall[/bold] wrote: They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares. Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)[/p][/quote]agree bob a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject , 70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc instead they waste money on refurb the crap again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth[/p][/quote]If we built 70 houses there where do you plan to house the existing residents? If those residents are council tenants there is no way you'll find 70 new council flats for them, there's just not the capacity in the system. rozmister
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Sat 11 Jan 14

sapphire26 says...

typ nowhere wrote:
What utility cables need moving? Cant be the electricity supply cables as they are run in the communial areas in plastic trunking inside the building.
Cable television, phone lines, these run up the outside of the building.
My mum lives in these flats and the refurbishment is long overdue.She has been waiting years for the windows to be fixed, none of her windows are a tight fit they are in a disgusting state.. The heating is outdated stupid night storage heaters that let the heat out in the morning when you don't need it and there's none left by the evening. My mum doesn't own her flat she is a council tenant, as a pensioner she and the rest of the tenants deserve better than the council have given over the years in these flats.
[quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: What utility cables need moving? Cant be the electricity supply cables as they are run in the communial areas in plastic trunking inside the building.[/p][/quote]Cable television, phone lines, these run up the outside of the building. My mum lives in these flats and the refurbishment is long overdue.She has been waiting years for the windows to be fixed, none of her windows are a tight fit they are in a disgusting state.. The heating is outdated stupid night storage heaters that let the heat out in the morning when you don't need it and there's none left by the evening. My mum doesn't own her flat she is a council tenant, as a pensioner she and the rest of the tenants deserve better than the council have given over the years in these flats. sapphire26
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Vikki27 says...

rozmister wrote:
old duffa wrote:
BobBall wrote:
They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares.

Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)
agree bob
a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject ,
70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc
instead they waste money on refurb the crap
again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth
If we built 70 houses there where do you plan to house the existing residents? If those residents are council tenants there is no way you'll find 70 new council flats for them, there's just not the capacity in the system.
Glad you said that before I did! Given that my Gran lives there, I was about to get rather upset at the suggestion of uprooting her after over 50 happy years living there.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old duffa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobBall[/bold] wrote: They could have knocked the building down and built 70 60m2 houses for that money. Still its not their money so who cares. Those who can't, work in the public sector! (and retire after 30 years on a huge pension)[/p][/quote]agree bob a post i made 6 months ago or so on this subject , 70 houses brand new,ideal for all families etc instead they waste money on refurb the crap again,council who dont have a clue,as with bournemouth[/p][/quote]If we built 70 houses there where do you plan to house the existing residents? If those residents are council tenants there is no way you'll find 70 new council flats for them, there's just not the capacity in the system.[/p][/quote]Glad you said that before I did! Given that my Gran lives there, I was about to get rather upset at the suggestion of uprooting her after over 50 happy years living there. Vikki27
  • Score: 0

2:38pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Gavin Ward (unemployed) says...

BobBall, 70 Houses for £7m? You clearly have no idea about the cost of demolition and construction works.

It strikes me that a lot of people are jumping on bandwagons without knowing facts. People are giving 'thumbs up' to comments which are completely unsubstantiated because everyone seems to love bad press. How about establishing the FACTS before forming laying seige on the contractors or councils...
BobBall, 70 Houses for £7m? You clearly have no idea about the cost of demolition and construction works. It strikes me that a lot of people are jumping on bandwagons without knowing facts. People are giving 'thumbs up' to comments which are completely unsubstantiated because everyone seems to love bad press. How about establishing the FACTS before forming laying seige on the contractors or councils... Gavin Ward (unemployed)
  • Score: 2

2:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Gavin Ward (unemployed) says...

Vikki27 wrote:
Their comments are spot-on. My Grandmother lives there and when they began work on the balconies, they were all told the balconies on BOTH buildings would be finished in two weeks. That's a completely unrealistic timescale and low and behold, work has barely begun on the balconies, let alone finished! If they had been given a realistic idea of how long the work would take then I really don't think there would be a problem. But they set impossible targets for carrying out the work, failed to meet them and are now dealing with the consequences. Having said this, I'd rather they take a long time and do the job properly, rather than have them rush it because of the complaints, do a terrible job and have problems for months afterwards (Twin Sails Bridge, anyone?!).
Vikki, who told your Granmother it would take 2 weeks?
[quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: Their comments are spot-on. My Grandmother lives there and when they began work on the balconies, they were all told the balconies on BOTH buildings would be finished in two weeks. That's a completely unrealistic timescale and low and behold, work has barely begun on the balconies, let alone finished! If they had been given a realistic idea of how long the work would take then I really don't think there would be a problem. But they set impossible targets for carrying out the work, failed to meet them and are now dealing with the consequences. Having said this, I'd rather they take a long time and do the job properly, rather than have them rush it because of the complaints, do a terrible job and have problems for months afterwards (Twin Sails Bridge, anyone?!).[/p][/quote]Vikki, who told your Granmother it would take 2 weeks? Gavin Ward (unemployed)
  • Score: 1

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