Category Archives: Contractors

Grass repair: thank you Engie

Thank you to Engie who have levelled and sown grass seed on a patch of damaged ground. Engie are performing major works on the estate and the damage was caused by vehicles accessing their site compound. Damage first occurred 8 months ago back in November 2019 and continued to occur during the winter and spring.

Luckily the two new apple trees which were planted nearby by residents in February have remained unscathed. Hopefully the grass will soon re-grow in the re-seeded patch and this lawn area will regain a uniform and attractive appearance.

Damaged ground back in 2019
Ongoing damage in spring 2020
A photo of the repaired ground taken today

Water main works resume

Residents today received notification that the water main replacement works will resume on Tuesday 26 May. The contractors, MPS – part of Mears Group, request that residents maintain a 2 metre distance from their staff, but give no details of measures that they will be taking to allow their staff to work safely during the pandemia.

The letter delivered to residents today. Click to download the full letter.

Works resume on the estate

After an extended break, contractors are today returning to continue work on the roofs and concrete of Ducavel and Baly houses. Residents of these blocks were informed of this by letter last Thursday. The letter, from a contracts manager at Engie, outlines some of the measures that will be taken to comply with requirements for safe working and social distancing. These include:

  • Regular monitoring of working practices by the site manager.
  • A full-time welfare attendant keeping the site clean.
  • Staggered lunch breaks.
  • Hand sanitiser stations.

A copy of the letter, courtesy of a resident on Baly House, is provided below.

Palace Road Estate in bloom

Parts of the estate burst into colour yesterday, thanks to Pinnacle who came to plant four areas with flowers.

The planting was an apology from Pinnacle who had mowed areas where residents had planted snowdrops. These flowers are perennials, so residents should be able to enjoy colourful displays in winter/spring for many years to come.

The bank between Coburg Crescent and the South Circular is also looking beautiful with its regular display of crocuses.

Lambeth Reprocurement Panel

Committee member Michelle is part of a panel of Lambeth residents that will help with the procurement of a contractor to provide the following services across the borough:

  • Capital Works / Decent Homes
  • Responsive Repairs, Void Property Repairs, Planned and Cyclical
  • Maintenance, Estate Cleaning and Grounds Maintenance
  • Door Entry, Access Control and CCTV systems
  • Gas Servicing, Heating Systems, Water Storage and Landlord’s
  • Lift Maintenance

The first meeting of the new panel was on 29th October. Please contact us if you would like to read the report of the meeting.

Another hole in the ground

For the past five weeks there has been an open trench outside 113 Coburg Crescent, with no sign of any activity. The barriers around the hole were labelled with Southern Gas Networks’ logo, so PRERA have contacted SGN to ask what they are doing. After four telephone conversations, SGN admitted that the refilling of the trench had been “overlooked” and they will return tomorrow (20th September) to fill it in.Picture of hole