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Archive for September, 2009

Redevelopment of 11 Upper Montagu Street – September Update

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The forward planning of this development has been an important part of its success to date.  However EDF Energy continues to cause problems.  Even though an order was placed 6 months ago to replace the existing power supply with new independent suppliers for each flat, the works are still outstanding.  After repeated requests we expect the work to be done before the end of next month which is critical to complete all of the connections to the apartments.


Another important element is the supply of new sash windows and boxes which are now on site.  Elsworth and Bond are replacing all the boxes where necessary each floor and installing the new sashes throughout.  Due to the bad damp, decay and neglect in the basement there is quite a lot of repair work to be done to the window frames and side panels which we are doing on site.  Fitting of the window frames is an interesting and difficult process as all of the boxes are cut perfectly square, which we are trying to fit into irregular shapes due to the age and nature of the property. 


All of the architraves, skirting and dado rails have arrived on site for fitting over the next few weeks.  These are all made from Tulip wood and include 12 different types and sizes to match the existing designs at the property.  This has been carried out by a specialist company and all of the finishes have been approved by the conservation officer at Westminster City Council.  The doors however are a different matter as we have to supply and fit on a like for like basis.  We have therefore used door blanks on all of the internal areas and will fit more elaborate Victorian panel doors to the front entrances to each of the apartments.  These need to be half hour fire rated and due to the complicated construction cost in excess of £500 each whereas the door blanks are only £80 each providing a substantial saving on the project.


We have elected to change all the radiators from an electric cast iron design to an electric aluminum design but will have to wait until November for the delivery of these therma panel radiators.  The cost and output of the aluminum radiators is identical to the previous specification but are much lighter and due to the nature of the walls and under window timber panels will be much easier to fit.


Turning to the external works, we have now completed the lead roofing, external pointing and lead guttering and downpipes throughout.  We will not be able to drop the scaffolding until the windows have been completely installed and repairs or renewals made to the window calls both to the front and back of the property.  We are also obtaining quotations for the repair of the metal work to the staircase and external balconies which have unfortunately rusted and decayed over a long period of time.


We anticipate that the fittings of the bathrooms will commence during the later part of September 2009 and the delivery of kitchens are expected during the middle of October 2009 which I am looking forward to as it shows that the project will be in its final phase.



Project Information:

Freeholders: P R & G J Brodie, Bankers: Adam & Co , Accountants: Haslers, Architects: Michael Phillips Associates, Contractors: Elsworth & Bond