CCTV and Main Gate works 12-13th August and 20-21st August

We will be undertaking some minor upgrade works to the CCTV and Main Gate over the next couple of weeks.

CCTV

Work will be undertaken on 12-13th August by SECOM to add two additional cameras and move the position of two existing cameras. This is being undertaken to improve coverage of the central roadway areas and the riverwall entrance. The addition of extra cameras was discussed at the last AGM and care has been taken to ensure this upgrade in keeping with the requirements set out during the original CCTV consultation.

SECOM have confirmed that they will be following government COVID-19 working practices. There may be some minor disruption in the form of drilling noise during working hours – especially for residents in Blocks 1,2,3 & 4 (Flats).

Main Gate

Work will be undertaken on 20-21st August by WLS to upgrade and resolve intermittent closure issues with the main entrance gate. This work will involve upgrades to the automated mechanism with a more modern higher power one, correction to resolve one of the gates that has dropped over time and ensuring that safety systems meet the latest requirements. The upgrades should make the gates much more reliable and quieter in operation. The upgrades will prevent strong winds from causing issues with gate closure. Furthermore, the wheel, which causes a lot of noise, will no longer be required.

WLS have advised they will ensure the gate will remain accessible during this time and that the gate will not be left open overnight on 20th August. They have also confirmed they will be following government COVID-19 working practices. Disruption for residents should be minimal although those in Block 4 (Flats 53-62) may experience some drilling noise during working hours as part of the work to lift and refit the right hand gate that has dropped.

Gate intercom outage 9am-2pm 16th July

Due to essential maintenance work being undertaken by Hyperoptic on 16th July the Plymouth Wharf gate intercom (which uses a Hyperoptic phone line to connect) will not be operational between 9am-2pm on Thursday 16th July.

We apologise for the late notification of this outage but we only recently became aware that the maintenance work would also impact the phone line used by our intercom system.

If you have any urgent deliveries we suggest you fix a temporary note by the intercom panel.

Hyperoptic maintenance in Block 4 and service outage – 16th July

High speed fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic will be undertaking essential maintenance work in the Block 4 (properties 53-62) meter room to reposition their communications cabinet on Thursday 16th July. This is to facilitate better access to electricity meters for Block 4 residents that has been obscured by the current cabinet location.

We understand from Hyperoptic their communications cabinet in Block 4 is the “master” for the entire development and that the work to move the cabinet will involve disruption to their service. This means that anyone currently taking service from Hyperoptic on the development will likely lose internet access for a period of time on the day of the work. Hyperoptic have advised us that they have already contacted all affected customers with relevant information. If you are a customer and have concerns please direct this to their support team rather than PWRA.

Disruption to other residents during the work should be minimal although those in Block 4 may experience some noise during the day of the work for drilling etc.

Residents in Block 4 are asked to avoid using the meter room on the 16th July and to ensure that the area around the meter room is left clear (no child pushchairs etc). Residents’ personal possessions should not really be left in communal areas in the blocks under the terms of the lease anyway. PWRA will not accept responsibility for loss and damage in such cases.

Hyperoptic have assured us that they will be following the government working guidelines issued on Coronavirus.

Fire stopping in riser cupboards – July 20th – 22nd

Works are planned between July 20th and 22nd to undertake fire stopping in the riser cupboards in Blocks 1-4. This is being undertaken as part of a number of steps to ensure the development, built in the late 1980s, is compliant with the latest health and safety guidelines relating to fire. Furthermore, this work will serve to provide an additional level of protection to prevent possible entry points to pests such as mice etc.

The work itself will involve ensuring that any gaps where services (water, gas, electricity etc) enter the flats from the riser cupboards are filled with appropriate fire stopping material. This may also necessitate removal of existing non-compliant filling material.

There should be minimal disruption to those in the flats although residents may experience some noise during the hours of work (9am-5pm). We have sought assurances from our contractor that they will be following COVID-19 government working guidelines, which they have confirmed. Houses will not be affected by this work.

Tree Pruning

The trees on the estate are being pruned this week starting with the tall trees in the central bed.

We will start at the roadside end and so on 15th/16th please do not park cars by  the central bed outside house numbers 48- 52 and 11- 15 to avoid any  damage to cars. Instead residents and visitors can park at each end of the estate. On the 17th and 18th please do not park by the other end of the central bed at the river end outside house numbers 44-47 and 16 – 19.

Cars will be on house forecourts do not need to be moved for tree cutting.

Unfortunately there is some overlap with the jetwashing as they are coming back to sand the areas that were washed so these areas need to be avoided at times as well.

We apologise for the inconvenience and overlap of the two jobs but we had great difficulty finding times when contractors were available.

Carol and Lis from the board are coordinating and  will do their best to help with the car parking situation.  Any problems or difficulties please email carol.sinker@plymouthwharf.com or  elisabeth.thornton@plymouthwharf.com

Update on Thames Water work and irrigation system installation

The work by Thames Water on installing a water system for Plymouth Wharf at each end of the estate is due to be completed this week between Feb 28th– March 2nd. Obviously this will be dependent on the weather!

The irrigation system is then due to be installed next week starting March 5th. It is expected to take approx. 5 days.

Paviors will need to be lifted temporarily to make links from the top river bed to the middle bed and from the middle bed, at each end and on both sides, to the flower beds. This will not affect anyone’s car parking space but it may be necessary at times to drive the wrong way round the Wharf.

If you cannot reach your parking space at any time please park at either end of the Wharf, or in the Visitors spaces or in a space that you know is empty.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

Update on new irrigation system

The groundworks to support our new garden irrigation system have taken longer than expected and we apologise for the continued parking disruption this has caused some residents.

Thames Water will be onsite 28th February – 2nd March to complete connection of new mains water feed. Following this Rosewater Irrigation will be onsite from 5th March for a week to complete the final installation of the irrigation system itself.

We will post further updates of any expected disruption for week commencing 5th March nearer the time

Ground works for irrigation system

There will be ground civils works on site at Plymouth Wharf 9th-13th October to install a new mains water supply.

During this time there will be some disruption to the drive and parking areas as brickwork has to be lifted and new pipework laid. PWRA apologises for any inconvenience caused during this time and any directly affected residents should already have been contacted.

This work is being undertaken to prepare for for installation of a new garden irrigation system. This work was outlined to shareholders during the last AGM and report.

If anyone has any further questions please contact directors@plymouthwharf.com