Statement on structural works required at Malting House and Brewster House

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The council has issued the following statement on the requirement to carry out significant structural work at two tower blocks in Tower Hamlets. 

In 2017, councils were reminded by the Government to look closely at buildings constructed using the ‘Taylor Woodrow Anglian’ large concrete panel system. Inspections of Malting House and Brewster House identified the need for significant structural strengthening work to prevent a potential collapse in the unlikely event of an explosion or serious fire.

The council, as the landlord for the 80 tenanted flats across the two blocks, will pay for the bulk of the repair work required. In line with normal practice, the leaseholders of the remaining 32 flats will be required to pay for their share of the works. 

We have written to leaseholders to inform them of the need to carry out this vital work, to provide an estimate of the likely costs involved and to outline the various ways they can contact us to voice concerns or to seek assistance. It is important to note that this letter does not constitute a bill or a request for payment.

We recognise the likely costs involved are significant and that this is a worrying and stressful situation for those involved. We are arranging to speak to all leaseholders individually in the coming weeks ahead of a residents’ meeting later this month. We want to understand the views of all concerned before making a final decision on how to proceed.

During those discussions we will be outline a series of new repayment options for major works that have already been approved by the council’s cabinet which are as follows:

  • Those over 65 will have the option to put a charge on their property instead of paying anything. The cost will be recovered at the point of sale in the future. (Applicable where the cost of works is more than £25,000)
  • Those under 65 will have an extended period to pay – five years instead of two. (Applicable where the cost of works is more than £25,000)
  • Leaseholders who are unable to secure the funds to cover the cost of the work, even with the additional repayment support options available, will be given the chance to sell their property back to the council at a fair rate, taking into account the cost of the works required.

The safety and comfort of our residents is always our first priority and we will continue to offer whatever support we can. Officers will be in touch with residents individually in the near future but should anyone directly impacted by these proposals wish to get in contact they can do so in the following ways: 

  • Drop in to see the project team who are based at Malting and Brewster Houses, Monday to Friday.
  • Come to the tenants and residents arranged sessions every Thursday between 11.30am and 12.30pm at the Veterans’ Club (situated next to the Barley Mow Tenants and Residents Association hall).
  • Email and one of the team will respond. Do let us know if you require a discussion outside of normal office working hours and we can make arrangements.
  • Phone us during normal office hours on 07940 583271 or outside normal office hours on 020 7364 5015.
Posted on Friday 5th July 2019