Case Studies

Case Study: A major cladding issue

Name: St Francis Tower

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk


Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Block Management UK Ltd began to investigate the safety of St Francis Tower in Ipswich. The building was not as tall as Grenfell (17 floors compared to 24) however it too had cladding, this cladding was subject to the fire safety procedure recommendations that were implemented after the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.

The Building Research Establishment (BRE), in Hertfordshire, had begun to offer a free testing service to identify hazardous cladding following the disastrous fire. The BRE is a state-of-the-art research facility that has the assurance of impartiality, having started out as a Government-funded laboratory investigating new housing materials and construction methods after the First World War. [1]
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(21/05/2019 00:00:00 )

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


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: raising the roof

Name: Ballingdon Grove

Location: Sudbury, Suffolk

Property: 11 units across a Grade II-listed former country house.


Ballingdon Grove is a small country house, listed at Grade II, the earliest phase of which is a double-pile house of the late C17 or early C18 although it has an historic front range pre-dating 1700. The property was owned by the Allen family who operated the nearby Ballingdon Brickworks which, at its height, transported over 3 million bricks a year. The works supplied Suffolk White, red facing and ornamental bricks to projects such as the Royal Albert Hall and the South Kensington Museums in London. Ballingdon Grove itself included a large amount of Suffolk White bricks. The Grove has, at various points been a home for those with learning difficulties, a nursing home for the elderly and a hote..
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(01/09/2018 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


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


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 east London 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 Ltd 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..
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(22/05/2018 00:00:00 )