Legal & General has been forced to dismantle modular homes on a site in Bristol after it found issues relating to the foundations.
The award-winning Bonnington Walk scheme comprised 185 homes built on land owned by Bristol City Council in Lockleazen and received a Masterplanning Award for Projects at Housing Design Awards 2021.
Those who had bought houses on the site are facing a lengthy delay of up to a year before moving in, and are now being offered compensation or can choose to cancel their purchase completely.
It was reported earlier this year that L&G would wind down the modular arm of its company after several years of consecutive losses. L&G Modular opened in 206 but a lack of demand led to the company reportedly accumulating losses of around £170million by 2021. The closure of the manufacturing site in Selby, Yorkshire was believed to put around 450 jobs at risk, with chief executive of L&G Modular, Rosie Toogood, also leaving the business.
A spokesperson for L&G said:
“Through our quality-assurance checks, we identified problems with the foundations of the site at Bristol that need to be rectified. We are working closely with our consultants and the warranty provider, National House Building Council (NHBC), to rectify these issues as quickly as possible.”
“In order to do this, we are removing existing modules, with new homes to be replaced on-site after the foundations have been rectified. No homes will be handed over to customers which do not meet the NHBC’s quality checks.”
“We have informed customers that it could take six to 12 months to resolve these issues and are committed to treating our customers fairly. Where there have been delays, we have offered them compensation, as well as the option of cancellation.”