Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brick Blunder; Property News: Homeowners Are to Get [Pound]10,000 Compensation after a Company Admits It Built Their Estate with 'The Wrong Kind of Cement'. Mira Bar-Hillel Reports

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brick Blunder; Property News: Homeowners Are to Get [Pound]10,000 Compensation after a Company Admits It Built Their Estate with 'The Wrong Kind of Cement'. Mira Bar-Hillel Reports

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Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL

THE owners of 33 executive houses on a two-year-old West Sussex estate have been told their homes must be rebuilt because the bricks are held together by mortar made with too much sand and not enough cement.

The defective brickwork came to light just weeks after the Chanctonbury Estate in Ashington, West Sussex, was opened in the spring of 1999. One of its first residents called in a building inspector when she attempted to pin wires to the exterior brickwork to take trailing plants. Nikki Hooper and her son William found the pins would not hold and they could pick out the cement with their fingernails.

Developer Taylor Woodrow, which took over Bryant, the firm which built the estate, in March this year, has now offered owners a compensation package that includes a [pound]10,000 cash payout for owners who have to move out while the mortar is replaced.

Ms Hooper s brother Jonathan said his sister realised something was seriously wrong with the cement, a fact which was confirmed by her father, himself a builder, who was staying with her at the time.

Bryant suggested repointing but a surveyor took away bag-loads of mortar samples and tests confirmed our worst fears, Mr Hooper explained. The mortar had only 25 per cent of the required strength in both the inner and the outer skins but it wasn t until almost a year later, in September 2000, that Bryant deigned to have a meeting with us to discuss the problem. …

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