Trashing London Ahead of the Olympics – McAleer & Rushe F-Up Again on British Land Site


On disaster after another - one health and safety failure after another. McAleer and Rushe up to their old tricks again
McAleer an Rushe trash their British Land Site at 2-14 Baker Street flooding Bakers Mews with filthy water. mud and noise in the early hours. But…. who cares?

Another day of hell for Bakers Mews residents at the hands of McAleer & Rushe. Approximately five hours of road closures on the 1st August 2011 –
preventing residents accessing or leaving their homes by car – reflecting an
increasing trend by McAleer & Rushe to impose onerous conditions on those who
live in proximity of the British Land site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square). Despite repeated assurances by British Land, life for the residents only gets worse.

Five hours of being shut off from the world and then to top it all McAleer & Rushe deliver what they obviously presume to be the icing on the cake – flooding of filth, mud and water across the entire Mews. Left for hours unchecked until one in the
morning when the hammer jacks move in in earnest.

Children and families trying to access their homes in the evening were reduced to having to plough through water and filth six inches high in places. And not a site worker or safety person from the British Land site to be seen. Not so much as a few planks to provide a safe and dry walkway to the homes. No explanation to residents (who also suffered loss of water to their homes), no apology and very obviously the usual ‘we don’t give a s*** attitude’.

Residents of Bakers Mews have repeatedly objected to the lack of safety on this site. Equally, they have objected to the monstrous vehicles being driven in and out of Bakers Mews where it is obvious such traffic is neither safe nor acceptable. Indeed the ancient roadway and what lies beneath is not capable of supporting such traffic.

Yet, this almost bankrupt firm of McAleer and Rushe appear to be allowed to continue to run an unsafe site with impunity and to maintain unsafe practices and be allowed to
continue to demonstrate their sheer incompetence week in and week out. Month in, month out.

It is time this site is shut down for a full and proper safety audit. This is, after all, on one of the main Olympic routes for the London Olympics in 2012. Repeated warnings to British Land, to the HSE and to Westminster City Council have not resulted in this site being made safe. Residents of Bakers Mews life has been made hell since January of this year and enough is enough. The attitude of the McAleer & Rushe site manager (who gave his name reluctantly at 1am in the morning as ‘Bobby Graham’) only serves to underscore that that this site continues to pose risk and to demonstrate incompetence.

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About 10 Portman Square | 2-14 Baker Street

10 Portman Square | 2-14 Baker Street Campaign This blog makes no claim of association or representation of the development known as 10 Portman Square | 2-14 Baker Street in London. This blog is a communication tool only and serves to highlight issues affecting members of the public and residents in the vacinity of that site. The development site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) was acquired by McAleer and Rushe in 2005 with a loan from Bank of Ireland. The price paid was £57.2m. Unable to repay the loan, the debt was designated for NAMA. Before NAMA assumed the debt, McAleer and Rushe sold the site back to British Land in 2010 for nearly £30m less than it had paid. The deal appears to have benefited McAleer and Rushe in a number of ways that may not be realised financially by NAMA. This includes a share of the development profits and the awarding of the construction contract to McAleer at a time that their auditors (KMPG) suggest that this company may not be "a going concern". According to McAleer & Rushe's latest available accounts (filed 2011) all the company's debts are "payable on demand" suggesting that they have not met their repayment schedule on their loans. There are ongoing issues at the site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) affecting members of the public and local residents. Members of the public and local residents have been put at risk many times and, too date, neither British Land or McAleer & Rushe appear to have faced no real consequences from a regulatory or legal persective. McAleer & Rushe have resorted to threats, harrassment and intimidation towards local residents objecting to unsafe practices and affected by the practices employed on and around the site. There have been a number of safety failures leading to deaths on other McAleer & Rushe sites in the UK. Full information and supporting evidence is available on request to interested parties.
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