Design and fit-out:
The design of the flats looks nice on the macro level but once you start living here you notice that things that are poor.
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Kitchen – The low cupboards directly over the sink cause discomfort when washing up as you can’t really get close enough to the sink. The oven and the fridge are right next to each other which I suspect is causing a lot of inefficiency in terms of energy usage.
Bathrooms – The shower trays have all been installed the wrong way round so they drain towards the centre of the room rather than towards the wall, this results in getting water on the bathroom floor pretty regularly. Management also refuse to admit that they installed them the wrong way round even though on the manufacturers website all of the drains are close to the wall rather than close to the room side. They try to fix this by putting a small blob of sealant on the room side which does very little and looks terrible.
Paint – the paint on all surfaces flakes off very easily (you can touch it and it’ll come off on your hand) so expect to be cleaning paint off the floor on the regular, I suspect they neglected to use primer before painting.
Windows – the windows are of poor build quality, the mechanism that locks them is pretty flimsy, we have had them replaced twice in the last two years once the window gets stuck shut.
Gym – The gym is well kitted out for a residential gym with weight machines, treadmills, cross trainers, rowing machines, medicine balls and mats. Only complaint here is many residents don’t wipe down equipment after use.
Communal Area – Nice looking communal space with free tea and coffee.
Concierge – The concierge team are great, always friendly and happy to help out.
Management of the building is generally poor. The maintenance system is not well suited to busy professionals – they won’t give you a specific time when they will come to your flat to perform maintenance which makes it very difficult to schedule work meetings around so that you are available. I would rather they came in multiple specific time blocks rather than trying to get everything done at once.
Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:
The area is great in terms of amenities such as restaurants and shops etc. Recently there have been issues with crime in the area since lockdown and it has taken a while for the police to do anything about it.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
Switch your energy provider as soon as you can, they put you on Ecotricity to start with which are expensive and have terrible customer service – just look at their trustpilot page and you’ll see what I mean.
What is the best feature of your home:
The best feature of my home is the fact that it was unfurnished – if they furnished it I am sure that it would be as un-ergonomic as the rest of the flat.