Not fit for purpose
The Myatts Field North PFI horror show
in Safe as houses
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This chapter presents evidence gathered from the comprehensive regeneration of the Myatts Field North (MFN) estate in Lambeth, originally built in the mid-1970s as part of a slum clearance and area improvement plan. A first section contrasts the original promises made to residents by the council with the eventual 25-year, £272.4 million contract signed in 2012 with Regenter Myatts Field North Ltd (owned by Pinnacle and John Laing). Under the scheme, 305 homes have been demolished and rebuilt, 172 homes have been refurbished by Rydon and 503 new private flats have been built outside of the PFI contract. A second section documents the extraordinary number of defective works and services that plagued the refurbishment and new housing. A third section focuses on residents’ appalling experiences under a district heating system run by energy giant E.ON, which broke down 48 times in four years, yet some residents could not afford to use it. A fourth section then discusses the betrayal of some of the homeowners who had originally been guaranteed a new home on the estate but were forced out. A fifth section examines the safety defects discovered after the Grenfell fire.

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