Who are all of the parties involved at Highbury Gardens?
Aside from residents, there are a number of parties involved at Highbury Gardens.
The Freeholder is Aviva Investors Ground Rent GP Ltd
Mainstay Group is the Asset Manager acting on behalf of the Freeholder. As part of its role, Mainstay instructs the External Management Agent (we often refer to this as an 'EMA') which is Rendall & Rittner
Rendall & Rittner Ltd is instructed to act on behalf of the Freeholder, Aviva Investors Ground Rent GP Ltd to manage Highbury Gardens in accordance with the lease
The individual warranty policies for the building are provided by Premier Buildmark Cover
Southern Housing Group is the HeadLessee for the affordable homes within the scheme, including the Shared Ownership homes there
A headlease is the primary lease agreement that is signed between Southern Housing Group (as the tenant) and the Freeholder (the landlord). We have then entered into individual sublease or tenancy agreements with our home owners and tenants.
As headlease holders at Highbury Gardens, we are not actively involved in the current fire safety works investigation or responsible for organising or completing any building safety work. We will however work closely with all the relevant stakeholders in order to represent the interests of our residents in this programme as it progresses and ensure that the terms of our lease are fully complied with and residents are kept informed.
What do we understand the current position to be at Highbury Gardens?
1. An initial investigation into the External Wall System (EWS) at Highbury Gardens has been undertaken by consultant Malcolm Hollis LLP. This investigation uncovered issues with compartmentation of the external walls system, missing cavity barriers, and concerns about the thermal insulation which they have recommended is removed and replaced. Malcolm Hollis has also recommended that the timber decking is either treated with a fire retardant material or replaced with non-combustible material. As a result the development has a B2 External Wall System (EWS1) rating
2. Rendall and Rittner has put in place a 24-hour patrol ("Waking Watch") on the recommendation of Malcolm Hollis LLP
3. Rendall & Rittner has started the process of tendering for a contractor to install a common alarm system at Highbury Gardens. Once this has been installed then the waking watch service can be ended. We understand that it may take up to 11 weeks to install the common alarm once contractors have been appointed. At present quotes are being obtained by Rendall & Rittner
4. Rendall & Rittner has registered an application to the government's Building Safety Fund and the Waking Watch Relief Fund. It is likely that we will have to wait some time before we hear whether these applications have been successful
5. Rendall & Rittner has also registered a claim against the Building Defect Policy held by Premier Guarantee. Southern Housing Group is currently in contact with Rendall & Rittner on how best to register the interests of its residents in this claim process. We will update our residents as soon as possible on what’s required.
6.. Southern Housing Group was invited to, and attended, a meeting with residents on 15 April during which Rendall & Rittner provided an initial briefing to all affected residents.