Ipswich: Fury over ‘incessant drilling’ that is making life unbearable as new homes take shape on the Waterfront

David Allen is angry at Genesis Housing Association for damaging his home during the construction of a large residential complex next to his house in Great Whip Street, Ipswich. David Allen is angry at Genesis Housing Association for damaging his home during the construction of a large residential complex next to his house in Great Whip Street, Ipswich.

Monday, January 20, 2014
2:16 PM

Furious homeowners neighbouring a major construction site say incessant drilling has damaged their properties and made life unbearable.

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Residents along Great Whip Street and Bulstrode Road in Ipswich have reported cracks in walls, bricks 
falling in gardens and sleepless nights of worry.

Genesis Housing Association, the company responsible for the 386 home development, says all its contractors are accredited with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and claims no complaints have been made to it directly.

And ISG, the main contractor on site, said that as a founder member of the CCS, it takes its commitment to considerate working practices “extremely seriously”.

But David Allen, who has lived on Great Whip Street for 28 years, is unhappy with the work and claims that a gaping hole appeared in his bathroom wall.

“You could see daylight through it, I had to stick newspapers in the holes and threaten them with legal action even to get anything done,” he said

“I just want people to know how we’re being treated around here.”

The 59-year-old taxi driver says the loud and intrusive work lasts from early morning until late at night, seven days a week, shaking his entire home and leaving him wracked with worry.

Although the damage to Mr Allen’s home was eventually repaired, he still claims to be out of pocket after having to spend hundreds of pounds redecorating.

“I’m supposed to be taking it easy in retirement but the last year has been horrible,” he said.

Bulstrode Road resident of 14 years Amber Scott claims the problem affects her street too.

“I’ve got cracks in my house like you would not believe,” she said.

“The whole thing has given me anxiety with all the stress its caused and the sleep I’ve lost - it just gets worse.”

The 35-year-old mother-of-one says her eight-year-old son is scared of the house falling down after the a neighbour’s chimney collapsed and she does not know where to turn.

“I’ve had enough,” she said.

Two doors down, Adib Mahmudi, who lives in a rented house with his parents, added: “All the loudness seems unnecessary, it seems like they don’t care there are kids trying to sleep.”

A spokesman for Genesis said the company had entered into agreements with the neighbours which obliged it to rectify any damage caused.

“We have not been made aware of any complaints. If residents do have any concerns, we would encourage them to get in contact with us directly so we can investigate them on their behalf,” the spokesman said.

“We will be getting in touch with our on-site contractors to remind them of their responsibilities under this scheme.”

An ISG spokesman added: “The Stoke Quay project is a major regeneration scheme in Ipswich, revitalising an under-used area of the town through the creation of 386 new homes as well as commercial accommodation.

“The scale and scope of this complex development requires an accelerated delivery programme and although there are no general working hours restrictions associated with the scheme, we always adopt a sensitive and considerate approach to mitigate the impact of work on our neighbours.

“Throughout the duration of the project we are liaising closely with Ipswich Borough Council to ensure full compliance to all statutory working requirements.”

8 comments

  • These flats will all sell but they will be rentals, full of alcohol and drug fuelled crime. My pal lives in a new one in Rapier and it is grim due to the mixed nationalities.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I live in the Quayside building at The Mill, overlooking the new development. While I don't have any issues with damage - the noise is incessant. The statement above "we always adopt a sensitive and considerate approach to mitigate the impact of work on our neighbours" is an absolutely joke. The site runs at seemingly full capacity 12hrs a day at least 6 days a week. The bulk of the noise starts from 7am but you can hear them "gearing up" for work from 5am. The noise level, even 50m away is unbearable and i'm often woken up anywhere between 5 and 7am.. If it's this loud for me i do feel sorry for those located right next to the development!! I'm all for regeneration of the waterfront, and i'm sure the development will add much to Ipswich in the years to come but the "accelerated" delivery means that there are many, many different and intrusive noises happening all at once and it is starting to grate... And for those that say this is just people complaining...please bear in mind that this build started nearly 18 months ago with rocks being broken up. This is not just a few houses being built!

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    KevS

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • The damage to properties sounds worrying, but the rest is just moaning, builders have always started very early. I lived through 2 years of a 10 storey tower being build 10metres from my bedroom window. Its was annoying, but sooner or later it ends. I can hear the piling works on the railway from my home as well, an irritation tap, tap at all sorts of crazy hours, but, like this construction project it has a beginning and an end, live with it, it will finish. I hope residents are suitably compensated for the damage to their homes though- that does need lookin into

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • More overpriced flats that won't get sold, therefore leaving an eyesore.

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    Tedbundy

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I feel sorry for these people who are having problems and whose homes are being damaged by this work. In terms of noise I have noticed that they do seem to be starting work very early in the morning. I thought they had to keep to between certain hours (which for whatever reason I think is 8am to 7pm). I live opposite on Orwell Quay so can hear it from my bedroom window. I can only image that you'll get a mass exodus at some point from that area as once those flats are finished the amount of extra traffic will bung up the already busy roads in the area!

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    Chris Church

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • @tedbundy - yes because house builders are in the business of building homes that don't sell. The only reason the flats at the mill wereare sat empty is they are not finished as they've been in limbo with a financial administrator ie not a developer. The flats they have completed within the Mill development are now pretty much all sold. Plus it's worth noting the Stoke development is half housing association and sheltered accom for the elderly, only half the properties will be for the private market. So at least half the development will be filled even if no one buys a single flat.

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    Scott Brock

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • No new Infrastructure = More town gridlock Another nail in the coffin of ipswich as a place to live for anyone with a car or a job

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Ted , I believe it said Housing Association and you know what type of people live in them place's ,, Scott anyone who buy property near these type of people want their head's examine , I know mate , I made that mistake

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 20, 2014

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