In publishing this article, we acknowledge that the topic bears some relation to last month’s tragedy at Grenfell Tower and we have donated to the Grenfell Charity.
In the latest of our articles on the development of the Winerack, we dispel the most often heard urban myth.
Since work finished in December 2009, The Winerack has been subjected to many urban myths. Contrary to local hearsay, the concrete structure is totally sound.
Standing there unfinished but full of promise, the emblem of the work-in-progress towards the Waterfront’s regeneration has been a topic of much debate over recent years and a question on the tip of the speculators’ tongue has been one of the integrity of the building.
Happily, the skeletal and uncompleted frame is structurally fit for purpose and has a clean bill of health.
How do we know this? Well, as part of the due diligence, prior to purchasing the shell in the summer of 2014, property developer John Howard arranged for all necessary inspections and checks to be carried out on the concrete and subsequently proceeded with the acquisition based on structural engineers’ approval.
Further and more recent surveys have been carried out including precision measuring of the whole building.
Expert surveyors have quashed the rumours by certifying ’The Winerack’ as a sound building when it was built, as it stands currently and into the future. Being a private investor, John is very well versed with such projects and if there was any doubt about the physical condition of the building after being exposed to the elements for many years, he would not be taking the risk to develop it.
Not to mention the recent announcement of the innovative and vital funding from The Homes and Communities Agency and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, who would also have been satisfied about the condition of the concrete mass before investing millions of pounds.
So, if all examinations, assessments and expert opinions tell us that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the concrete then that should be the final say so and enough to quash the word on the street once and for all!