Lister House and Treves House

Update - 21 August 2019 

Lister House and Treves House to be refurbished

At a meeting on Tuesday 13 August 2019, residents were advised by former Mayor John Biggs that following a report from the Lister and Treves (Residents) Working Group, recommendations to repair rather than replace the buildings would be progressed.

At a previous meeting with the former Mayor in July 2017, residents were advised that due to the estimated high cost of repairing and insulating the buildings, other options being investigated were to demolish the buildings to build replacement council homes.  It was agreed at this meeting, however, that further discussions with residents were required, the stock condition reports (from 2016) would be shared and that a working group would be established with residents to explore refurbishment costs and redevelopment options in detail.

An independent technical advisor funded by the council was chosen by residents, and studied the condition reports in conjunction with the surveyors who had undertaken the 2016 surveys. Following this work - which included site visits, meetings and reviewing information provided by Tower Hamlets Homes and the council - it was established that whilst the 2016 surveys results were accurate, a lower cost major works programme would be another option.  Whilst this would mean not recladding the buildings, the cost of not reducing heating costs would be offset by huge savings with the major works costs. Homes and common areas could still be repaired and improved to extend the life of the building.

Endorsed by the working group’s report and feedback from residents attending the meeting of 13th August, the council and Tower Hamlets Homes will move forward with these recommendations and in the coming weeks notify residents when the works will be taking place.  Tower Hamlets Homes will also consult with Lister and Treves residents in addition to the statutory process with leaseholders with regard to recharging for major works.

Chronology of documents for Lister & Treves House


Document   Name

Document Description


Breyer Group Lister House Major Works Estimate  2014  

Details of Breyer  Group’s original estimate for the works to Lister House in 2014.


Lister and Treves THH Project Update Report 2014 

Internal report about external major works and the challenges the scheme had faced between 2011-2014.


Lister House Draft Petition Response July 2015

Technical difficulties leading to delay in Decent Homes works. July 2015





Lister and Treves Houses Options Appraisal_Part1 Dec2015

Outline options appraisal for the buildings by John Rowan Partners (JRP), commissioned   by THH on behalf of the Council in response to the very high cost of required repairs that had become apparent.

December 2015


Lister and Treves Houses Options Appraisal_Part2 Dec2015


Lister and Treves Houses Options Appraisal_Part3 Dec2015


Lister and Treves Houses Options Appraisal_Part4 Dec2015


Lister and Treves Houses Options Appraisal_Part5 Dec2015



JRP Lister & Treves Condition Survey & Estimated   Cost Report June 2016

JRP were commissioned to carry out a Condition survey and estimated cost report. Officers wanted to ensure the estimated costs for refurbishment were as accurate as possible before making any recommendations on future options for the buildings. June 2016





L&T Condition & PPM Report_ Pt1_ May16-APPENDX1

APPENDIX 1 of the June 2016 report above, detailed Stock Condition and Planned Preventative Maintenance Report compiled by JRP. Supporting  documents included specific technical surveys carried out for THH between July 2014 and May 2016.


L&T Condition & PPM Report_ Pt2_ May16-APPENDX1


L&T Condition & PPM   Report_ Pt3_ May16-APPENDX1


L&T Condition & PPM   Report_ Pt4_ May16-APPENDX1


L&T Condition & PPM   Report_ Pt5_ May16-APPENDX1


L&T Condition & PPM   Report_ Pt6_ May16-APPENDX1






JRP  Valuation Estimate APPENDIX 2 - May2016

Valuation estimate of leaseholder buy back costs and the financial value of the site. This valuation of the leasehold properties does not reflect the current value the council would   attribute to the properties. May 2016


JRP   Indicative Cost Estimate APPENDIX 3 - June2016

Preliminary indicative cost estimate for full refurbishment and emergency/health and   safety works options. June 2016





JRP L&T Condition & Viability (Overview) - June 2016

An overview/summary of the building’s condition and indicative cost estimates. June 2016





L&T Option Appraisal (Redloft) Addendum - July 2017

A detailed development appraisal was requested from Redloft, a development   consultancy, to provide an appraisal of 3 different potential redevelopment scenarios. 

NB. The values attributed to individual leaseholder properties are desktop estimates  only and are not what the council would necessarily value the properties.