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.