Another wall bites the dust

South West (London) Construction Ltd was fined £5,871 at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Wednesday 29 September 2004, after admitting 10 allegations of failing to comply with Building Regulations.

The Morden based company, which is no longer trading, was employed by a resident in Raynes Park to build a single storey side extension to his house. However the homeowner was left £10,000 out of pocket when the extension had to be demolished due to structural defects and the risk of moisture penetrating the inside of the building, resulting from poor workmanship.

Merton Council is responsible for making sure building work in Merton is built in compliance with Building Regulations, so that buildings are safe to use and occupy. Building control surveyors inspect building work at key stages of construction when notified by the builder or homeowner and also by way of random checks.

In this case they were alerted to the illegal work by the council’s planning section and found that the building company had broken 10 building regulations. This included failing to:
– Inform the council before commencing the work
– Install damp proof courses in the external walls at the correct height from the ground
– Construct the external walls with sufficient structural stability
– Construct foundations at a sufficient depth to ensure to stability of the building.

Merton Council’s building control surveyor advised that the least expensive option to remedy the problems was to demolish the building and start the work again. The resident must now take his own civil action in the county court.

The director of the company, Mr Choudhary, attended the hearing at Wimbledon Magistrates Court. The Court imposed a fine of £500 per offence and ordered the company to pay the council’s costs of £871.

For more information on building regulations call 020 8545 3123

Notes to editors
The resident, Mr Nazir Malik is happy to be contacted. His number is 020 8540 8649.
The purpose of building regulations is to ensure builders adhere to minimum standards of construction, so as to protect the health and safety of people in and around buildings
Other objectives of the regulations are to conserve energy, prevent waste and contamination of land.

Claire Bartlett
Senior Press & PR Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327