Completion of redecoration works – Monday 12th July

Our contractors, SJS have now completed nearly all of the redecoration work. There are a few details to cover but Monday the 12th of July should be the last day. If anyone has an issue please email roberto.saas@plymouthwharf.com by Monday morning at the latest.

Before reporting an issue, something that was missed for instance, please make sure the area is free of obstacles and accessible to the contractors so they can finish the work. After Monday, the board will not recall the contractors at PWRA’s expense. 

The board would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation over the last few weeks during the redecoration works.

External painting and redecoration works – 17th May 2021

External painting and redecoration works will be undertaken across the whole development from 17th May 2021 for approximately 12-14 weeks. This work was originally planned for last year but had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

The works to be carried out under the agreement are in accordance with the section 20 process that has already been undertaken and previously shared with all shareholders/owners. A copy of the specification for the works has been previously shared and is available upon request to shareholders. In summary these works will include repainting of all block doors (communal and flat front doors), bannisters and handrails, gates, fences (front and rear) and any remaining wooden window frames.

The contract for the works has been awarded to SJS Maintenance.

Works will start on Monday 17th May on the riverside Blocks 2 & 3 (Properties #20-#43) for an expected 4 weeks. The following 4 weeks will be to complete central houses (#11-#19 and #44-#52). Finally the work will conclude with the two roadside Blocks 1 & 4 (Properties #1-10 and #53-#62) for further 4 weeks. In total, all works are expected to be finished between to 12 to 14 weeks.

Various contractor equipment and a storage container will be placed within the premises as well as a portable toilet (to be used for the contractors). Temporary restrictions on some of the parking spaces will therefore be in place.

Contractors from SJS Maintenance will be in and out for the whole duration of the works. They will be working Monday to Friday from 8am till 4:30pm.

Further important communications will be posted here website and via communal notice boards in each block during the works to advise on any steps residents need to undertake during the works.

Adjustment of block stairwell doors and Block 1 & 2 lock replacement – Wednesday 26th May 2021

Works will be undertaken Wednesday 26th May by Solid Security Doors to replace the ground floor communal stairwell entrance door locks in Block 1 (Flats 1-10) and Block 2 (Flats 20-32), which have become worn and problematic over time. Unfortunately this will necessitate replacement of keys as there is no way to retain the existing lock. Owners for affected properties have already been sent an email to make the necessary arrangements for collection of replacement keys.

For security reasons, PWRA will only provide keys to property owners or a nominated representative authorised by the property owner. Tenants in affected properties are therefore encouraged to contact their landlord or managing agent to ensure they obtain replacement keys in order to not be locked out during the changeover. Owners who have not received the email mentioned above are advised to contact directors@plymouthwharf.com urgently.

During these works, the contractor will also be reviewing and adjusting all communal stairwell fire doors across all Blocks 1-4. PWRA has received a number of recent reports of sticking doors and some cases were also highlighted during our recent health and safety asessment. This work is intended to resolve these issues. Unfortunately, due to temperature and weather changes over time the doors will likely require adjustment again in future.

Block stairwell emergency lighting upgrade works – 28th April

Electricians from Artek Electrical will be on-site today (28th April) to undertake essential upgrade work to add an additional emergency light to the top floor of each block communal stairwell. This work is to ensure lighting is compliant with latest health and safety recommendations.

Disruption from the work should be minimal although those in the blocks may hear some noise of drilling during the routing of new cables and may notice communal lights in the block being switched on and off during testing.

PWRA apologises for late notice and any inconvenience caused.

Manhole repairs

As part of our recent Health & Safety assessment it was identified that several of the manholes on the development are uneven and in need of attention. We have raised this with the owners of these services. BT Openreach have attended site and surveyed their manholes and agreed that work is required to those outside houses #11, #15 and Block 2 (Flats #20-#31). A temporary safety barrier has been erected on the manhole outside #15.

We are awaiting a date for the BT Openreach contractors to undertake the work and will keep you informed when we know more. It is likely that this will involve some disruption to vehicle access for a short time especially at the respective properties adjacent to the affected manholes.

Electrical work & seasonal lighting – 1st-2nd December

Electrical contractors (Artek Electrical) will be on-site 1st-2nd December to undertake maintenance and upgrade works.

This work will include: repair of broken lamp-post and uplighters in central bed, repair of broken security sensor lighting, annual emergency lighting testing and certification, repair and recertification to meet latest safety risk guidance, addition of new garden uplighters to the wall areas by Blocks 2 & 3 and raised river wall garden area – and as many will be pleased to hear – the switch-on of our seasonal lighting display.

The contractors will be working in all areas across the development. Disruption should be minimal, although residents in Blocks 1-4 may experience some noise of drilling during working hours and communal area lighting may be temporarily disrupted. All efforts will be taken to ensure the later is completed during daylight hours to avoid stairwells being left in the dark.

Contractors have advised they will be following government COVID secure guidelines.

Removal of cars for gutter cleaning and repair – 25th November-1st December

As stated in our previous communication essential maintenance works to clean the gutters will commence on the 25th of November. As a result of this, debris and rubbish will fall specially on some parking areas. Contractors also need these areas to be vacated to use ladders and a cherry picker. We therefore ask the owners of vehicles located in the unsheltered areas in the blocks to move them by 8am please.

Blocks 2 and 3 on Wednesday the 25th November (by 8am).

Blocks 1 and 4 on Thursday the 26th November (by 8am).

You can move your vehicle to any of the visitor parking designated areas around the estate. If you have any questions or are struggling to find a temporary space you can contact Roberto Saas roberto.saas@plymouthwharf.com who is the director coordinating this work.

Picture showing unsheltered parking areas in the blocks

Gutter cleaning and repair – 25th November-1st December

In response to several reported incidents of blocked gutters, a contractor (Sam’s Gutters) has been selected and maintenance works to clear and repair all gutters on the development will commence on Wednesday the 25th of November 2020.

Two or three workmen will be on site during this operation and all will be complying with government COVID-19 guidance as well as necessary health and safety regulations. This will include use of a cherry picker.

The proposed schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday 25thBlocks 2 and 3 with a cherry picker and ladders (Properties 20-43)
Thursday 26thBlocks 1 and 4 with a cherry picker and ladders (Properties 1-10 & 53-62)
Friday 27thHouses (north side) with ladders (Properties 44-52)
Saturday 28thTBC
Monday 30thHouses (south side) with ladders (Properties 11-19)
Tuesday 1stContingency / completion.

Access to rear of properties

Houses and some flats on the ground floor may be requested access through their property by contractors to back patios in order to access the gutters on the east and west sides of the state. The contractor will be taking appropriate COVID secure precautions but if anyone has concerns and is not comfortable to provide access or is currently self-isolating please email directors@plymouthwharf.com

If you are a house occupant, or a flat occupant on the ground floor, we will be in touch shortly on the specific access information required to carry out these works.

Parking

According the schedule we request vehicle owners to park somewhere else for a working day while contractors carry out the work. Please utilise the visitor bays in the first instance. If you are unable to locate a suitable space, we will advise you of temporary parking locations.

Fire door upgrade works Block 1-4 – 24-28th September

Following on from our recent fire stopping works, further works are planned on 24-28th September to upgrade fire doors 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.

The work will involve replacement of electrical cupboard doors with new doors that meet the latest standards as well as upgrades to the existing block entrance and 1st and 2nd floor entry doors.

There should be minimal disruption to those in the flats although residents may experience some noise during the hours of work (9am-5pm). Houses will not be affected by this work.

CCTV and Main Gate works 2nd September and 10-11th September

***UPDATED – Main Gate works has now moved to 10-11th September and final follow up work to complete the CCTV upgrade will be on 2nd September***

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

CCTV

Final work will be undertaken on 2nd September as a follow up from previous work 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 27-28th 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 27th 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.