About Solum

Solum is a joint venture between Network Rail and Kier. The joint venture was established to develop mixed-use spaces in locations including Epsom, Haywards Heath, Kingswood, Walthamstow and Twickenham. It aims to reimagine the way railway land is used so it can better serve the community, whilst providing homes. Solum also strives to build high quality, environmentally friendly new homes close to London’s transport hubs.

Solum developments

Walthamstow Gateway is a Solum property in Walthamstow, right next to the station for easy access to the West End and the City. Striking the balance between connected urban living and a sense of space for residents and the wider community; the development includes 148 new homes, hotel and also retail next to Walthamstow Central station.

“Walthamstow isn’t a regeneration project like that of Nine Elms or Stratford, but an area that is just building on its current culture and community to provide further homes and an enhanced lifestyle to its existing and new residents… Let’s just say Walthamstow is Brixton five years ago, as it continues to change and adapt to the new demographic arriving, becoming a young professional’s escape from the soaring house prices in Zones 1-2.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Walthamstow Gateway

Twickenham Gateway is the transformational redevelopment of Twickenham Station; a brand new station building in the centre of a public plaza hosting a Sainsbury’s Local, M&S Food Hall and more. It has a range of spacious 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments available. These each provide contemporary living and unmatched connections to London and surrounding areas. The town itself offers endless places to explore, including public parks, the iconic Twickenham Stadium and also the River Thames.

Reviews

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Number of Developments

2

Ratings

3.79 Rating

Rating (based on 11 reviews)

Excellent

27.27%

Very Good

45.45%

Average

27.27%

Disappointing

0.00%

Very Poor

0.00%

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Great home for first time buyers – but get a professional snagger to flag issues pre-move

We were one of the first leaseholders in the building is key in this review. The designs of the flats themselves are fantastic, high-specification and the rooms are laid out well. We really appreciated all the pre-installed utilities, appliances and design features.

However, as time has went on, a lot of this has proved to be a bit of a facade. We’re 18 months in and still resolving snags in our property, and almost every single appliance or facet has experienced a fault or a design flat that has prevented our enjoyment – the attention to detail, reliability and foundations were overlooked and rushed despite a 4-month delay on the original completion date.

The building management and facilities is also very poor, the communal doors and lifts break regularly, several of the residents voluntarily self manage the building to point out issues yet no timeline or commitment is rarely given to fix them. When one thing fixes, another breaks – for example, the communal lobby is experiencing a water leak & minor flooding right now, you’d think that’s an urgent issue but it remains unattended.

Perhaps in time these issues will be a mute point due to the flats being slightly older – all snags resolved and ideally in time a different management company other than Alexander Faulkner Partnership LTD. In their defense, the service charge is slightly lower than comparable buildings but I’d rather pay more if it meant issues resolved.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Walthamstow Central has an amazing number of great local shops, restaurants and bars – the nearby village, Lloyd Park, Walthamstow Wetlands are real highlights.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

You should hire a professional snagger and have them produce a list of existing issues and get a timeline on fixing them before agreeing to completion.

What is the best feature of your home:

Living room space is large and spacious, and integrated kitchen appliances are fantastic.

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The lobby gives a luxurious feeling, but is not always cleaned properly.

The building is next to the traintrack and you will hear the train running by ever 30 min, the isolation could have been better. The apartment is designed in a modern and luxerious way. The bedrooms are spacious and the two bathrooms are well designed, the seperate utility room with washing/drying machine is a big plus.. The lobby gives a luxurious feeling, but is not always cleaned properly. There is only one entrance (automatic door) and no other fire exit. Certain maintenance and property management issues have not been resolved as yet or not smoothly.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Great location close to the overground and underground station, market and central area of Walthamstow. Plenty of restaurants and entertainment in the area. Close to parks and recreation facilities.

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I did not realize that we could here the trains running by in our bedroom that well, I think this could have been prevented with better isolation/windows.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I was not pleased with this, we had to wait long before problems were resolved and continue chasing them. There was a lot of unclarity and push back from their side.

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Excellent first home apartment

The exterior and interior design isn’t anything great, just clean and functionally. The white goods in the apartment are really good. Not as many snag issues as I thought there would be. The balconies are a bit bad, the slats don’t close so you can see people above and below you. The apartments are sound insulated, with the windows closed you won’t hear the station outside.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

– Close to Walthamstow Central station with the overground, bus terminal and Victoria line
– Lots of pubs, shops and places to eat within walking distance.
– Lots of footfall between station and building, since a walk way leads to another Overground station
– Lots of small pieces of garbage around the area and looks messy

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

– Make sure you test ALL appliances and make sure all switches work
– Use pressure to see if things aren’t affixed

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

– I would wish the balcony to be more enclosed from the top and bottom.

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Walthamstow’s Village Vibe

Very nice location and solid style, fittings and design for value.

Facilities are good – access to bins and bike Locks are good.

It would be good if we had a concierge in the reception. I think this could be funded at a reasonable rate by the residents and would add security and mitigate minor issues we have in the reception area.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The area is great – great community, diversity, shops, walks and transport links

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

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How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Reasonably well. I understand that they have to manage many people with their respective concerns so generally happy.

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