In fact, if you live across the road from this large development (as a lot of people do), prepare to get your earplugs out from February next year as the demolition starts. Not only that, but get ready for some traffic disruption and possible rerouting as well. This first phase is expected to last approximately 6 months before the second phase starts in a move towards Leamore Street. At a meeting in the Stonemason’s Arms last Wednesday, Paul Mackenzie, St George’s Project Director assured members of Cambridge Grove and Leamore Street Residents’ Association that they would do their best to keep the noise and dust to a minimum. He is also opening up lines of communication between his team and local residents where any problems or issues can be nipped in the bud as they occur. This will be a dedicated email address to his team who will deal with all enquiries. It is also planned to produce a newsletter of news and updates about the progress at Sovereign Court, and maybe a special micro-site linked to St George’s main website.
This development is expected to take 5 years to complete, so there’s a lot of noise, dust and general disruption to go. In terms of being good neighbours and keeping local residents informed, the contactors at 10 Hammersmith Grove set quite a high bar. Let’s hope St George can do the same.