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Redevelopment of 11 Upper Montagu Street – December Update

Another month has passed since my last update and Elsworth & Bond have achieved a great deal in bringing this project closer to a satisfactory conclusion.  I have also been coordinating closely with our Architects, Michael Phillips Associates, as it is important that we get the final details right with all the finishes for each apartment.  Our interior designer, Helen Brodie, has coordinated the various colour schemes throughout the property and has now ordered the blinds and curtains from John Lewis which will be fitted during the early part of 2010.

It was good to see that the scaffolding to the front and back of the property has now been struck and a meeting with the residents of Beverston Mews on Monday 30 November 2009 was concluded successfully as we have been particularly careful to minimize both the disturbance and damage to their property.  We have now repaired and rebuilt the railings to the front of the property but still have some structural work in repairing the balcony to the front of elevation.  This will be done once we have had this inspected by our Structural Engineers, Stoddard Associates.

All of the external work was finally completed by EDF Energy on Wednesday 25 November 2009.  Independent supplies to all of the apartments are in place and our Electrician, Greg & Co, will shortly have all of the mains lighting, emergency lighting and power points up and running. 

Second and Third floors – Cranleigh Carpets and Flooring have prepared and laid the oak type flooring throughout.  This has been laid within the finished bathrooms and kitchen areas providing a real feeling of space in the apartments.  The decorations have also been completed and once the individually made front doors have been delivered by The Door Gallery, we will be able to seal these areas off from any builders dust, etc.

First and Lower Ground Floors – We are now working to have the floors laid in these areas on Monday 7 December 2009 as the kitchens and bathrooms have been fitted in both areas.  Decorations on the first floor are now completed and over the course of this week we will be completing the decorations in the Lower Ground Floor.  The purpose built sliding doors to the rear Courtyard are being delivered and fitted on Monday 14 December 2009.

From the beginning of next week, Elsworth & Bond will be concentrating on finishing off the Ground Floor apartment which to date has been used for the storage of rubbish and delivery of goods on site.  We are therefore progressing swiftly with the plastering to the ceiling especially, which has had a great deal of remedial work carried out on it.  This was due primarily to the collapse of lath and plaster and would have been a health and safety hazard if not now, then at some point in the future.

We have exposed a beautiful art deco half moon detail above the new double doors in the Ground Floor entrance, which will be refurbished and painted.  Furthermore, we are also stripping off all of the paint and dirt to the solid stone staircase and proposing to reinstate the stair rods within the existing eyelets for a central carpet up to the Second Floor.

All of the door knobs and internal light fittings have been ordered and will be delivered to site later this week with small items such as toilet roll holders and door stops still to be chosen and ordered for fitting.

I am now getting a real appreciation of how the finished property will appear and look forward to showing agents and prospective tenants around the property in order that we can secure lettings and generate rental income during the early part of 2010.

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

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