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Guinness Homes is a national charitable housing association that operates across England, and was founded in 1890. The company owns and manages more than 65,000 homes and is one of the largest housing associations in the country.

Guinness Homes developments

Electric Quarter in a Guinness Homes development in South London. The development is in the heart of Brixton and features a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Local attractions include the 02 Academy and Brixton Market. 

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“Electric Quarter is a fitting name for this stylish Guinness Homes development in the middle of trendy Brixton. It’s designed to have a bustling community feel, just like the colourful borough that surrounds it. So, instead of soulless blocks of flats, you’ve got attractive, contemporary buildings spread out among landscaped public spaces.” HomeViews Property Pro on Electric Quarter

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Number of Developments

3

Ratings

3.69 Rating

Rating (based on 26 reviews)

Excellent

19.23%

Very Good

46.15%

Average

30.77%

Disappointing

3.85%

Very Poor

0.00%

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Great building, shocking management afterwards.

The building itself is pretty good with nice layouts, there have been a few niggles with things which is frustrating but nothing major. The biggest downfall has been the service received after purchase, we are made to feel like as soon as they had our money they no longer care about us. I was given just under 3 months to live in the property and try and find all faults so they would correct them (I moved in, at the beginning of summer) then it came to the winter and I noticed there was huge drafts from all the windows, something that was physically impossible to find in the 3 month period given, when I reported this I was told there is nothing they will do about it and my only option was to put in a formal complaint, which was ignored, or claim on MY insurance for them to be sorted! There have also been other issues such as constant issues with lighting/ cleaning etc which don’t get resolved unless they are chased constantly.

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Very good area with a range of local bars, shops, gyms and very close to the ferry for access into Portsmouth.

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My only issue has been the management after the sale. The development is great. Maybe just make sure you research the management company.

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

All queries got ignored until they were chased multiple times and none of them have ever really been resolved.

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A lovely place to live.

Property management haven’t been the best at resolving issues. We have 2 bar/restaurants within a 2 minute walk and a few other bars 5 minutes away. The location has been kept to look like it did 100 years ago, which is lovely, even down to the same sash windows that were on the buildings way back when.

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Lovely area to live in with bars and restaurants a 2 minute walk away. 15 minute walk to town and the ferry to Portsmouth. Parking can sometimes be an issue as you only have 1 permit for the car park. Guinness are not great at getting back to you about any issues but apart from that, it’s a lovely place to live.

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Shared ownership is a great idea as you have the security of owning your own home as well as not having to worry about maintaining the property.

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

Not great. It can take many months to get issues sorted.

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Good inner city housing.

The shared ownership flats are bigger and better designed than any others that we had seen. A balcony, a big utility room plus a walk in cupboard and overlooking a communal garden.

Guinness is huge and will not necessarily act as fast as you would like on repairs but they do get done. They paid for the safety updates necessary after building regulations on cladding changed so unlike other developments we didn’t bear the costs and we are reassured that the buildings are safe.

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Walking distance to 2 overground stations and Brixton tube, P5 bus stop right outside. Estate parking is limited and privately run so £50 fines issued. Brockwell Park and Loughborough Park close by.

Brixton is busy, noisy and offers high street chains and independent shopping plus the Ritzy cinema, Brixton House Theatre and the Carling Academy.

Brixton is home to the Black Cultural Archive on Windrush Square.

And yet our flat is quiet and overlooks a communal garden.

Good facilities for cyclists; bike hangers and a secure bike store.

The estate houses 490 households with a mixture of tenures, and consequently varying levels of commitment to peaceful co-existence. It’s inner city London in a deprived borough, you take it as you find it, if you want the leafy suburbs this isn’t it.

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It can be an alarming neighbourhood if you’re not used to it. The estate looks nice and is pretty safe but there’s a lot going on in the surrounding area. Think carefully if you have kids who will need to walk around here.

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

We haven’t had many issues that needed dealing with. The seal went on the heating unit, Guinness sent someone yesterday and the repair is booked in for 2 days later.

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Beautiful looking well maintained court let down by Guiness after sales service.

The design of the building is good and lovely looking. 3 separate entrances. Has secure bike storage for all apartments. Grounds are maintained very well and lovely looking. The property management take too long to fix defects, respond to enquires and felt as a lease holder that you are not important. You treated well during purchase stage then overlooked after you are in the property. You should get a full 12 months defect cover period from when you move in as some residents didn’t have any.

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The area has two bars/ restaurants which are across the road. It also has a gymnasium and a coffee shop nearby. The local shops are 10 – 15 min walk and the ferry going to main line train station is 15 min walk also. We have weekly bin collection with a large bin store with adequate bins for all residents. Car parking can be a 6 mins walk if you have a second car. No issues with traffic noise or anti social behaviour. Well kept beautiful area overlooking water and marina.

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The dockyard can be noisy from the new aircraft carriers when home and engines run nightly at around 10:30/11:30pm.

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

Some reoccuring faults have taken too long to fix. Small defect issues were sorted in good time. The

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