Renovation work to give new lease of life for Peterborough flats which caused misery

Work in progress at Jubilee Mansions on Thorpe Road., Peterborough: Mike Craddock and Kurt Little are freehold directors EMN-150113-130228009
Work in progress at Jubilee Mansions on Thorpe Road., Peterborough: Mike Craddock and Kurt Little are freehold directors EMN-150113-130228009
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Work to renovate a leaky and noisy block of flats in central Peterborough which caused misery to residents has begun.

Residents living in Jubilee Mansions in Thorpe Road, Peterborough, won £800,000 in compensation at the High Court two years ago because of problems with the building.

Work in progress at Jubilee Mansions on Thorpe Road EMN-150113-130400009

Work in progress at Jubilee Mansions on Thorpe Road EMN-150113-130400009

The tenants complained about noise from clacking heals from residents living on floors above them, the smell from the drains and a leaking roof, with the judge blaming shoddy workmanship for the problems.

But now 12 of the 24 apartments are being brought back to life for new residents.

Mike Craddock, director of Jubilee Mansions Freehold, the firm renovating the block said: “The block of flats is only 11 years old, but there were three big problems.

“While there is nothing structurally wrong with the building, it needed a lot of work.

“We have spent £75,000 on the new roof, so it will not leak.

“All the flats are being given new floors. The floors will not only be stronger to stop them ‘bouncing’, but have also been given extra sound proofing.

“And next month we are starting to carry out work on the drainage system.

“We took over the property in June last year, and we hope to get the main work done by May this year.”

Mr Craddock said they had been supported by residents, and while a number of the apartments were still vacant, he was confident they would soon be filled.

He said: “We held a meeting with residents before Christmas, to show them a completed apartment, and they were very happy with what we had done.

“We still have five flats which are vacant, but it is a beautiful building, and it is in a great location.”

Vincent Brierley, the structural engineer working at the site, said: “It is very rare to see so many problems like this in one building, especially one so new.”

In the 2013 court case, one couple even revealed they had been forced to sleep in a caravan because of the problems with their flats.

Previous owners Optima were ordered to pay £830,000 to eight tenants at the court hearing after the judge ruled they failed residents.