Case Studies

Case Study: Rejuvenating the hub of a community


Name: Barking Central



Location: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham



Properties: Lemonade Building, Bath House, 87 Axe Street




Background



In October 2018, Block Management UK Ltd took on the management of three impressive residential buildings that are part of the Barking Central location in Barking, London. Barking is an important Thames Gateway town with a diverse and bustling community. The three buildings - the Lemonade Building, the Bath House and 87 Axe Street - mark an important stage in the continuing regeneration of the Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Another block within this development, the Ropeworks, was already being managed by Block Management UK.  The site also includes Barking Police Station (underneath the Ropeworks) and Barking Learning Centre.

The Lemonade Building consists of 17 floors of eight flats totalling ..
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(02/11/2018 00:00:00 )

Case Study: Cromwell Drive, service charge confusion


Name: Cromwell Drive


Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire


Property: 97 freehold houses and leasehold flats, two commercial units, children's playground




Background


Located near the Cambridgeshire market town of Huntingdon, the area is popular with families due to the presence of Grafham Water Centre and Houghton Mill, a National Trust property. Nearby Portholme is the largest lowland meadow in England and is a popular place for peaceful walks.

The RMC (residents' management company) directors of Cromwell Drive contacted us through our online Quotation Form as they were unhappy with the estate management that was being carried out by the current managing agents, put in place by the developers.

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(10/07/2018 00:00:00 )

Case Study: The Ropeworks, turning around an east London icon


Name: The Ropeworks


Location: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham


Property: 246 one and two bedroom apartments


Background


Block Management UK Ltd took over the management of The Ropeworks in 2012, becoming involved in the site when it was asked to advise the original steering group on the successful removal of the original management provider.

The property was in a terrible state both financially and mechanically. The property was insolvent and action needed to be taken quickly to prevent the company from going into liquidation.

Asset management strategies


After daily visits to the site and an in-depth analysis of the finances, Block Management UK created a plan to identify and deal with the serious, short-term problems as well as longer-term issues. Within the first week of management many maintenanc..
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(22/05/2018 00:00:00 )
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