House ruined by builders who ‘screwed up the extension and then walked away’

The family built the extension to accommodate the future needs of six-year-old Oliver Bradshaw, who requires special equipment due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Amy Reed and Steven Bradshaw with their son Oliver
Amy Reed and Steven Bradshaw with their son Oliver

One family says they are waiting for their annex to “fall down” after council contractors left without completing the job.

Amy Reed and Steven Bradshaw had asked to help their six-year-old son Oliver, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is facing a future in a wheelchair.

The family moved into a community property in Nuneaton and following a referral from an occupational therapist, an extension of the ground floor of the property by a disability specialist was arranged.

Oliver needs a special bedroom and washroom with a lift and once the plans were drawn up construction started in September last year. Coventry Live reports.

Electrical outlets were placed near sinks

The project was due to be completed by Christmas, but more than six months later, following an alleged catalog of mistakes by contractor Cathedral Plastics Ltd. a “living nightmare” behind.

The expansion is still not complete, the contractors have left and the family has had to wait, they say.

“We’re not waiting for it to be ready… we’re waiting for it to fall,” Amy told CoventryLive.

“I’m worried that he (Oliver) is going in there.

The contractor eventually abandoned the project

“That (the extension) should make his life easier, now I’m just worried that he’s going in there now.”

Their nightmare began with the foundations for the extension – which were eventually condemned by a building inspector – and the contractors were warned.

This, the family claims, continued as the build progressed with a catalog or bugs:

Dangerous and improper plumbing and plumbing, including 90 degree bends in the plumbing, electrical plugs in the wrong places – including at sinks, toilet and window problems, and gutter problems.

Oliver needs a specialized bathroom to help with his disability

Amy also alleges that the company “destroyed our home” by destroying a number of personal belongings, and she claims workers also made rude and unprofessional comments about her and her son.

It came to a head when the construction company left the project in April.

“It was a relief for us, but we remain concerned about the current construction and what they have left, which is unsatisfactory for a disability extension,” she said.

“I can’t believe the council are still using them (the subcontractors), they ruined the house and the extension.”

The work should be completed by December 2021

Now they are waiting for the district council to appoint another company to complete the expansion.

“No one is going to want to touch it because so much has gone wrong and so much needs to be done to make it safe,” she said.

CoventryLive contacted Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council about the situation and a spokesman said they could not comment on the issues on behalf of the contractor but admitted there were problems.

A spokesman said they are working to find a new contractor so work can begin next month.

The family fears the annex could collapse

“Work to provide accessible accommodation has been commissioned in line with the occupational therapist’s recommendations and started in September 2021,” the spokesman said.

“Problems have been found and while we cannot comment on behalf of the contractor, it must be noted that this work is incomplete at this time and was not commissioned for use by the tenant.”

The community spokesman added: “The company in question no longer carries out disability-friendly adaptation work for the community.”

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