Buckingham’s Candleford Court should finally start to look lived in by the end of this month.
The basement car park at the London Road apartment block is finally watertight, say builders Lagan Homes, following a flooding problem that has delayed occupation by two years.
The majority of the 77 apartments in the development, built two years ago, have remained unoccupied after developer Guinness South announced it would not accept any more units from Lagan Homes until the flooding issue was resolved.
Despite the wettest winter on record, contractors have now successfully completed remedial works to install a watertight floor to the basement.
Patches of water shown in our picture are due to the major clean-up operation that now follows prior to the first residents moving in from the end of next week. Site workers are already parking their vehicles in the underground car park and residents will be able to start using it from April.
All 41 affordable rented homes in the complex have now been advertised on the Bucks Home Choice website and half of them are already allocated, in line with the local lettings policy.
Ten shared ownership homes are due to be marketed from May and Lagan Homes is currently marketing 25 homes for sale in the development. Work to the lagoon area and landscaping of the site will be carried out during April.
Tony Swinden, of Guinness South, said: “We’re genuinely pleased and relieved to be moving into the final phase of letting and selling these homes at Candleford Court and we’re confident this development is going to fulfil its potential as a great place to live.
“The feedback we’ve had from the viewings so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”