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Redevelopment of 11 Upper Montagu Street – November Update

We are now finally getting to the stage when some of the scaffolding to the rear of the property can be struck.  We have certainly had scaffolding much longer than intended and the residents of Beverston Mews are very anxious that their entrance is clear of scaffolding poles as soon as possible. 

We have completed replacing the coping stones at roof level and have some minor jobs to do with completing the window cills and joining up the last few waste pipes to the rear.  One of the last jobs will be replacing some of the slate roof tiles and installing the new oversized roof light which will provide us with access for maintenance purposes.  All of these last few works can be done from the inside over the next week or so.

With Cranleigh Flooring & Carpets coming on site on Monday 9 November, we are now finishing off the second and third floor in anticipation of the first floor following shortly afterwards.  All of the woodwork has been painted and we are just finishing off the second coats of paint to the walls throughout these floors.  We only need to purchase and fit door and window furniture as all of the second fix electrical fittings are now in place.  

Therefore, the works are being concentrated on both the kitchens and bathrooms.  It now becomes abundantly clear how irregular the surfaces are throughout this property as this is now being emphasized by fitting the kitchen units on both the floors and walls.  This has resulted in a lot of packing out so that everything is plumb and square to receive the worktops which will be fitted once the templates have been completed. 

Tiling to the bathrooms is 85% complete and when these have been grouted, the basins and toilets will also be connected up to the water supply and waste.  To provide maximum space to the bathrooms on the second and third floors, we have decided to mirror one entire wall, which we believe will give the desired effect of showing maximum space.

Work is also progressing on the lower ground floor with new cornicing now being fitted to the ceilings and all doors fitted throughout.  We are still waiting for St Albans door company to arrange a second site visit to measure up the V-folding doors to the courtyard as they will be fitting them on our behalf.  The internal doors to each of the front doors of the apartments have now been chosen and agreed with our architect, Michael Phillips, and an order placed with St Albans Door Company.  These will be six panelled Victorian raised and fielded painted, with oval satin finish door knobs.

John Lewis in Oxford Street have been appointed to supply and fit blinds and curtains throughout the property and a survey was carried out on Tuesday 3 November 2009 for them to provide a comprehensive quotation.

Whilst we are still on target to finish the apartments by Christmas 2009, there will still be the outstanding job of finishing the common areas throughout the property. There has undoubtedly been an overspend due predominantly to the structural issues and problems we have encountered over the last twelve months. The exact figure will become clear towards the end of this year, but I do not anticipate it being over 12% of the overall cost of the contract originally quoted for last year.

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

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