Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Westminster terminates Mulalley Hallfield refurb deal

Westminster council has terminated a refurbishment contract with Mulalley to renovate a listed housing estate in Bayswater, London.

The refurbishment deal for the Hallfield Estate was agreed in May 2012 between the council and the Essex-based contractors for the estate’s 14 housing blocks.

However a report sent to councillors in December 2013 said progress had been “exceedingly slow”, with electrical conduits failing earthing tests and listed building consents refused for kitchen and bathroom windows, according to the Labour members on the council.

Labour spokesperson for housing, councillor Guthrie McKie said there had been a “history of problems” with maintenance at the estate for years and said there should have been “hands on management” at the site.

Where completions were expected to take 127 weeks for the 14 blocks, works were only partially completed to three blocks after 85 weeks.   

Westminster council’s cabinet member for housing councillor Daniel Astaire said the council was currently in discussion with CityWest Homes to agree new refurbishment works on the estate.

But Mr McKie said the council was “passing the buck”.

He said: “[The council is] the freeholder here. There is no point in them passing the buck to CityWest Homes.”

A source told Construction News that “major compensation” had been paid by the council for the contract termination, but refused to give a figure for any compensation.

Mulalley has been contacted for comment.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.