Residents in shared-ownership homes offered pay-off to settle dispute over problems with badly designed flats

Residents embroiled in a two-year battle with their housing association A2 Dominion over design and maintenance problems at their new homes at Rathbone Square were offered a lump sum to shut up, stop complaining, and engage their own contractor to carry out repairs. Clouds hang over shared-ownership homes (right) at Rathbone Square. Photo: Matthew Covell. …

Residents in affordable housing at Rathbone Square complain of poor quality materials and design

Front of building.

Great Portland Estates may have been awarded "Property Developer of the Year" but people living in "affordable" homes at its Rathbone Square site in Fitzrovia are struggling to live in poorly designed flats and are watching their bathrooms fall apart mere weeks after they moved in. Residents complain of high service charges, incompetent management, rotting …

Great Portland Estates appears to have run out of ideas for street names

Street sign.

As the massive commercial and residential development on the former Royal Mail delivery centre in Fitzrovia nears completion, developer Great Portland Estates appears to have run out of ideas for street names. The Rathbone Square development will have office space for Facebook, 142 private residential apartments, cafes, shops and restaurants surrounding a central square within …

Great Portland Estates accused of misusing the planning system

Corner of street and construction work.

People living next to a construction site in Fitzrovia say they have been treated with contempt by property developer Great Portland Estates (GPE) after the FTSE 250 company made numerous alterations to the design of new offices having gained initial planning consent. In November 2014 the PR company Four Communications held an exhibition of plans for the redevelopment of a …

GPE’s plans mean more disruption from construction work in Fitzrovia

Office and retail building.

Great Portland Estates' recent announcement of development plans will bring more misery for residents and businesses in Fitzrovia with the news that a site in Wells Street will be demolished and redeveloped, while a less environmentally-damaging refurbishment is planned for a site on Oxford Street. GPE said in their half year results for 2014: "At Tasman …

Rathbone Place redevelopment plans submitted to Westminster Council

By News Reporters Great Portland Estates have submitted plans to create homes, offices, shops and restaurants on the site of Royal Mail delivery centre in Rathbone Place. The mixed-use scheme designed by Make Architects which includes a new publicly accessible space will be considered by Westminster Council after a period of public consultation which is …

Great Portland Estates to show redevelopment plans for Royal Mail depot

By News Reporters Great Portland Estates (GPE) will next week reveal outline plans to redevelop the Royal Mail delivery centre between Rathbone Place and Newman Street to create a mixed-use development of retail, office and residential on the 2.3 acre site to the north of Oxford Street. The plans will also include proposals to create …