Chalcots Estate Building Inspection

by Robert Kukaj in London, England, United Kingdom

Chalcots Estate Building Inspection
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On 26th September 2017 we successfully raised £1,150 with 30 supporters in 56 days

Commission independent building inspection as we fear current works carried out by Camden Council are not adequate.

by Robert Kukaj in London, England, United Kingdom

With the help of HJA (Hodge Jones & Allen) we want to raise funds to commission an independant building inspection on the Chalcots Estate which will be carried out by Hindwoods. Most of the money needed to carry out the two day inspection will be provided by legal aid but the difference will need to be crowd funded which is why I have started this page.

Camden Council took the decision to evacuate nearly 3000 residents on the Chalcots Estate on the 23rd of June 2017 after the LFB had inspected the buildings (due to results from the BRE in regards to the cladding being similar to that of Grenfell Tower) and found a number of fire safety risks such as front doors not being fire safe, gas pipe works, voids in the communal areas etc.

Camden then released a schedule of works and once people were evacuated they began the remidial works on all 5 buildings. 

Since that date the LFB released a statement on the Camden Council website confirming verbally it was now safe to start a phased re-occupation of the buildings and these works were being signed off floor by floor by Lambeth CIty Council, Redbridge Council and Westminster Council.

We as residents feel that it is not safe to return to our flats as we have seen evidence that these works have not been done properly and to the right standard. We also felt that these works being signed off by different local authorities does not provide the impartiality that you would have if it was done by an approved inspector (Hindwoods) with no ties to any local authority or government. 

Camden Council have constantly talked about transparency with it's residents but we have not been able to see this.

The local authorities in question that are signing off the works have their own similar problems within their boroughs and the competence of these local authorities come into question.

It is a lot to ask for granted but worth every penny to put people's minds at ease and to make sure we are not living in death traps. The outcome of the inspection could go either way as I am no expert but would like to make sure people understand that it could pass or it could fail.

Whatever you can donate will be appreciated and anything that is left in the pot we would like to give the rest away to Great Ormond Street Hospital as it is always a good cause.

Thank you for your support.

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