Brockley Station patched up

Another update from BXAG:

Dear Brockley Residents,

You may have seen that Conways, Lewisham Council's highways term contractor, returned to site yesterday (Wednesday 22 February) to start on the remedial works to the steps and paving outside Brockley Station. After 2 long years of writing to the Council to highlight all of the defects that were left behind by Conways the first time round, the Highways Department have finally got them back on site to sort out these outstanding problems. Over the next 2 weeks they will be dealing with the ponding problem outside the ticket office, the disintegrating mortar joints in the paving, relaying some step units & coping stones and replacing the black strips in the steps.

We will be watching Conways' performance on this simple job very closely to make sure they do a good job and keep their works clean and tidy, so that the repairs blend in with the existing paving. The quality of Conways' workmanship is under scrutiny and its vital they get this work right. They are being paid for this work, despite the fact they are actually making good their own defects from 2009.

Later this year they may be appointed to carry out the major public realm improvements around the Brockley Cross junction, so we want to be confident they can deliver a good quality project to the high standards of workmanship they highlight on their website. Let's see how they get on at Brockley Station first!

If you are unhappy with any of the works Conways are carrying out at the Station please take a photo and get in touch via the BXAG website. We will be giving the Council feedback during and after the works, so we want this work to be monitored closely.

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are they by any chance putting in a proper extrance/exit and getting rid of the awful mud hill leading up to the station?

M-Z said...

Yesterday a workman was chiselling off the cladding from the steps, which was being destroyed in the process.

Will it be like for like replacement? I hope not - it has proven to be a poor surface which ages / weathers badly and retains the dirt easily, leaving the steps looking grubby.

Can't quite believe they are being paid to do the work when they did such a bad job in the first place.

Crofton Surveyor said...

They are being paid to go back and do this work?!

With construction contracts it is usual to hold a retention amount of 5% of the value of the workback from the contractor during the course of the works. If everything looks ok upon completion half of this money (2.5% of the value of the job ) is given back and the other 2.5% is held during an agreed 'defects liability period' - the length of this is agreed in the contract usually 3, 6 or 12 months depending on value and complexity of works. If at the end of that period everything is ok then the contractor gets that money too.

So there are 2 opportunities to hold back money if the work is defective...

So the next question is who was the surveyor or contract administrator working for the council who signed of the shambles and paid them the retention money...?

Disclosure: I'm a chartered surveyor who has to keep a beady eye on contractors.

Anonymous said...

Be nice if the flood that's been there for the last few days at the foot of the pavement by the gates of the new skipyard on the westside would go.

Be nice too if it didn't flood up whenever it rained also. I guess only having to walk around one concrete pond is better than two. Just curious if it will ever be sorted though I'd guess not until the new street is built.

Anonymous said...

Lewisham council are either daft or being bribed.

I'm guessing the first.

mb said...

Staggered that they are being paid to rectify but we are where we are. Trouble is, it all looks so shoddy that who knows what lurks below the surface and may go awry in 15yrs time.

Anonymous said...

What about the fact that the pay stations are located in a way that when there is any direct sunlight you can't see the screen. Absolutely awful.

Tyrwhitt Tyrwhoo said...

You Brockely commuters are lucky. St John's station is much worse, poorly lit and frankly a bit intimidating at night time.

More intimidating that Brockley station's "puddle" and "grubby steps" anyway.

Brockley Nick can you raise awareness of this issue please?

Brockley Nick said...

@TT - yes, this is something covered before. If you want to send me something about this, that would be great.

alex said...

True but St Johns hasn't had a shed load of cash spent on it to 'improve' it. Brockley Station has and there is no excuse for what Conways delivered. Paying them to rectify it all is just bonkers.

Agreed that St Johns needs work though, it's almost rural.

Anonymous said...

must mention the workmen repairing the steps at brockley station are very helpful and polite and are doing a fine job considering the poor materials they have to use well done

quick brown fox said...

@tyrwhitt tyrwhoo - that's a lovely name, but it brings to mind a question I've long been meaning to ask on here: is that road pronounced Ter-wit or Tirrit?

I throw that question open to the world at large, and now I shall go back to growling impotently about the uselessness of the council and the breathtaking temerity of Conways in taking yet more money to finish a job they've already been paid for...nice work if you can get it, and apparently they can.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone investigating the links between Conways and Lewisham council- what's going on? why do they keep being given contracts despite producing what is clearly inferior work- suspicious ! We should be!

Anonymous said...

They produce honest work, just you know what people round here are like... they're professional complainers who just serve to piss the council off.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a professional complainer. I can count on one hand the amount of times I've posted a complaint on the Internet - and 2 of them have been about Conway! They provide the laziest, shoddiest, slowest workmen I have ever set eyes on. The months I watched them botching up Brockley Common were shocking, and any workman would be pretty unimpressed with what they left behind.

Anonymous said...

WE ARE PAYING FOR THE REPAIRS THAT WILL LIKELY SUB STANDARD? F*ck, that's made me angry, any private enterprise would take steps to enforce the opriginal contract but as the money isn't theirs the council see fit to piss it into Conways mouth. F8CK

terrencetrentderby said...

lewisham council

to rhyme with scum

on the plus side they have enough "equality" managers to build the great wall of china

maybe they should use them to fill cracks in the road instead of those tinkers conway?

Anonymous said...

Lets not complain too much about the puddle infront of the station.... according to the news, it may be the largest amount of water in the south east come the summer ;)

Also, as I have moved to the west side of the tracks, i now catch the 343 to New Cross Gate, and that station is faaaaaaaaaaaaaar worse than brockley! on platform 5 (heading into london bridge) there are 3 different surface types, and platform 4 hasn't been resurfaced properly at all.

Talking about NCGate, does anyone know what the new portacabin structure is for next to the new bridge?

Anonymous said...

3 different surface types?

First World Problems.

Westsider said...

saying "First World Problems" = automatic FAIL.

Anonymous said...

saying "automatic FAIL" = automatic FAIL

Danja said...

How self-referential and circular that last comment was, anon. I do hope you haven't been completely destoyed by a vicious circle of angst.

Have some people not realised that Brockley is in the so-called "first world"?

Listening to Lou too much, I think.

terrencetrentderby said...

parts of lewisham are third world

i went to catford once and gave all my money to comic relief

Anonymous said...

I think what the "First World Problems" stuff is meant to invoke is a certain sense of perspective. Not that people shouldn't want to improve things, but I'd imagine there are a lot of places in the world where they wish that one of 5-7 local transport methods had "3 different types of paving" as one of its worst problems.

Pompously exclaiming "well we ARE in the first world" whilst munching on mung compote tends to make the writer look as if they've missed the point somewhat.

Anonymous said...

If some one crashes into your car then breaks into your house and steals your flat screen do you shrug and thank the lord you don't have malaria or phone the police? It's quiet possible to be concerned about local issues and still have perspective. Obviously.

Anonymous said...

I phone the police but I would be quick to remind myself that things could be worse.

Anonymous said...

yes things could be. Is stating the bleeding obvious something you've worked on?

The works at the station was and is shoddy, i think it's a problem. quiet why i should have to qualify every complaint from missing the bus to the death of a loved one with a comparison to starvation in somalia is lost on me. it goes without saying......OBVIOUSLY

Westsider said...

"First World Problems" is just a way of saying "What matters to you doesn't matter to me" and trying to take the moral high ground in the process.

Well sorry, you don't get points for being lazy, indifferent and boring or for arrogantly wading in to someone else's conversation and telling them that they shouldn't care about something.

If you've got something more important you want to share with the world, go right ahead and tell us - until then... Shhhhhhhhhhhh

Danja said...

I'd imagine there are a lot of places in the world where they wish that one of 5-7 local transport methods had "3 different types of paving" as one of its worst problems.

What a vivid imagination you have.

Spectacular, really.

Anonymous said...

Count your blessings, at least you don't live in Peckham.

Anonymous said...

No imagination needed Danja, the complaints are from the over-entitled usual suspects in this thread.

Welcome to 2012 said...

Funny how anon, preaching to us to put things in perspective, is so petty and angry.

Monkeyboy said...

I've run out of toothpaste.....BUT AT LEAST I HAVE CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION!

(this is exhausting, can we just take it as read that things are better in the UK that just about anywhere. I'm still unhappy about the toothpaste situation)

TM said...

Baking powder or soot

Mb said...

Vim..... (those under 35 will be none the wiser)

Anonymous said...

A more fitting analogy for the privileged scoffers of this thread would be complaining that you have three kinds of toothpaste.

hmmm said...

I wonder if the anonymice busy spitting on our "First World problems" are equally philosophical when they pay over money from their own pockets and get shoddy work in return?

Anonymous said...

"I've run out of toothpaste...."

Salt on a bit of rope.

Tirrit Michael said...

I have always said Tirrit.

Anonymous said...

Saw someone tripping on a jauntily laid slab just outside the station this very morning.

Anonymous said...

First world problems.

Call it an artisan slab.

FWPFAIL said...

FWP FAIL! Artisan FAIL!

By the way, no-one's talked about "the first world" since the 70s. It's developed / developing world, or better still, emerged / emerging.

Vanishing Point said...

No, no, he's right. People get killed in earthquakes and tsunamis and of famine and such all the time. At very worst the tripper will break a leg or something and even if they are elderly that is unlikely to actually kill them and if it did, well they are so old they would have been dead anyway elsewhere in the empire sorry I mean third world.

NAT said...

Yes VPL, but in the wake of eartquake and tsunami after food supply and shelter has been ensured human endeavour, pathetic though this may be, turns to facilitating transport. Roads and paving slabs are laid as evenly as possible under the circumstances.

I think that this is what's being required of Conways.

Vanishing Point said...

There are plenty of people who have to walk on mud and rocks and stuff like that - in their bare feet too.

NAT said...

And we should plough up our pavements in solidarity?

Anonymous said...

Could someone with a jet wash give the steps a clean after they are patched up

Anonymous said...

Surely the rain will sort that out?

Anonymous said...

There's drought in the third world and you want jet wash ...

Anonymous said...

Can they do it with artisan organic water too?

Vanishing Point said...

And we should plough up our pavements in solidarity?

I am not sure we advocate such positive action. I believe that we advocate apathy until an equilibrium is reached. But I have only recently reached this pinnacle of perspective, so I defer to my anonymous guru on such precise points of dogma.

RichSE4 said...

Has the work stopped here? The lathing slab which was lifted where the ponding happens is still lifted and the barriers are normally knocked over. Not sure if there has been any development on the work on the steps too. Pretty poor really seeing as the works to rectify the issues started over one month ago now!

Giovanni said...

Have they given up on fixing the pond on the footbridge? I don't see any evidence of any works being done here since .. well, never! With the recent rainfall, it's been worse than ever. Can't we sue these contractors?

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