18 Great Suffolk Street and 5B Bear Lane are just behind Tate Modern and consist of two linked blocks straddling two streets with 82 apartments. One block is social housing/shared ownership, the other privately owned, plus commercial units. When we took over, issues of cladding removal had left leaseholders facing a massive bill, with London Fire Brigade expressing concern at the lack of progress. As a result of our efforts with our specialist team and contractors, the overall cost was reduced by one-third and the need for interim alarms and waking watches avoided by the speedy deployment of the works team, who under our direction, reduced the contract time substantially. Disturbance to residents was minimised. We have also implemented a variety of security upgrades. Here's what one resident wrote:
I want to reiterate my gratitude for the work you have done in resolving the cladding and fire protection issues at 18 Great Suffolk Street (Bear Lane Apartments). My family have owned two apartments in this block, and after years of incompetence and prevarication from the previous Managing Agents we feared our properties were becoming unliveable and unsaleable. However this nightmare was promptly resolved following your involvement, and you were able to identify common-sense and cost-effective solutions while eliminating unnecessary service charges. Your project management of the remedial works was exemplary, with good communication throughout, and the all-important EWS1 certificate was duly issued, providing reassurance to prospective purchasers and enabling our sale of one apartment to proceed smoothly, at a realistic price. On behalf of my family and all leaseholders, thank you for making a significant difference.
Dr Richard K.
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Romney Court is a 1930’s building on Shepherds Bush Green on six floors with 73 flats and four commercial units. Half of the flats are owned by a major private landlord with sub-tenants. With a blend of firm management, good housekeeping and willingness to listen to leaseholder concerns, service charge arrears are at an all-time low, and a programme of improvements funded out of reserves is about to commence. We also managed the aftermath of a major fire in one flat which left the building without hot water or heating.
Thank you for the updates, and thank you for the care you take with Romney Court. I so appreciate having you looking after it, I think you do an amazing job.