Contractors called in to mend flagship eco homes
Contractors have been called in to address concerns at an award-winning affordable housing development designed by celebrity architect Kevin McCloud’s company Hab.
Residents of the 42-home Triangle development in Swindon have reportedly complained of water leaks, cracked walls, dropping stairs and failing door hinges.
The development is a joint venture between Mr McCloud’s company and housing association Greensquare. It was completed last year, and was recently named in the Royal Institute of British Architect’s top 50 buildings of the year.
In a statement the developer said: ‘The design of The Triangle is outstanding and innovative and that’s why the scheme has won so many awards. Its social objectives are also beginning to be realised and are, in the main, successful.
‘But it is hugely upsetting that residents have had to bear the brunt of the problems and we can confirm that Greensquare, which is responsible for maintenance and repairs, last month appointed a full time surveyor and specialist tradesmen, specifically to respond to - and resolve - issues raised by residents.’
It noted the building of the scheme was ‘in the hands of the construction team’, adding: ‘For legal reasons we cannot go into detail about the position with the contractor.’