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Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:05:14 pm »
After a little advice relating to the quality of brickwork on our new home. We are due to complete in around 3 months and have regularly been visiting site to check the progress.

Today was the first day we managed to see the brickwork after the scaffolding had been dropped and I have to say I am extremely disappointed with what we saw. The brickwork on both the house and garage is extremely patchy, there are areas where the bricks/blocks are damaged, poorly pointed and out of level. The internal walls within the garage are much worse and the blockwork which is supposed to be face blockwork, looks like its been laid in the rain.

I have emailed DWH with my concerns but am yet to receive a response. I have requested a meeting with the site manager to see where we go from here.

We exchanged contracts approximately 6-8 weeks ago and have already committed to a fair chunk of extras so pulling out is not an option this far in.

Any similar experiences or opinions would be appreciated. I have attached 3 photo's for reference.

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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2021, 09:27:53 pm »
Another photo of the decorative brickwork on gable ends clearly showing the holes in the engineering bricks used.


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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2021, 09:29:10 pm »
Another photo of the face blockwork in the garage.

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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2021, 09:31:28 pm »
Decorative brickwork on garage gable.

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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2021, 09:32:44 pm »
Disparity between mortar colours on garage.

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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2021, 09:35:22 pm »
Singular bricks replaced after scaffolding had been dropped.

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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2021, 01:42:49 pm »
It would have been much better if you had re sized your photos so thy could be viewed the right way round.

I would also question the necessity for some many cut bricks to maintain the bond.
Overall it looks as if the brickwork has been done by a gang of apprentices supervised by a bricklayer that doesn't care.
It this were me I would make it clear  I am not accepting this standard.

The blockwork in the garage can easily have the pointing cut back and re pointed. I my garage, I would paint it with white masonry paint.

You should also worry about how bad the inside of your house is going to be given the apparent lack of care and supervision by the incumbent site manager. 

If nothing else, you must insist on having the home professionally snagged and inspected (I advise two weeks) before you legally complete.

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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2021, 02:33:52 pm »
Thanks for the reply.

Apologies for the sizing of photos and rotation, I was uploading from a tablet at the time and struggled with uploads.

So the outcome of the meeting with the senior site manager was that as the build is structural he is not concerned with the cosmetic issues. The conversation lasted about 30 minutes and to be honest he was not interested in my concerns. I found the senior site manager rude, unprofessional and did not give the 5 star service that David Wilson advertise.

Since then I have plastered the photos over social media, within 30 minutes I had the Construction Manager contact me asking for further information. Currently awaiting his response.

I think you're correct with regards to apprentices carrying out the work, this seems a common theme across new build sites these days.

Further the correct orientation can be seen, including the internal Caberdek that has been cut through floor levels to pass boards through.






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Re: Poor brickwork (David Wilson)
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2021, 01:16:32 pm »
Pity that most site managers don't care a jot 'senior' or otherwise!

On a course the trainer asked:
"What is the difference between a site manager, senior site manager and Project manager?"
I shouted out "about £1500 a year" to lots of laughter.

Hopefully your action will result in you getting the desired effect.
Also shows that most plc housebuilders spend a great deal of money paying people to check social media, rather than inspecting the homes they build properly, or at all.

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