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Developers and gardens

Hi All,

Having destroyed my wrists hitting the crap that Developers bury in the garden of new build houses is it about time that we named and shamed them or campaigned to have gardens covered under building regulations? They should not be allowed to bury their crap. After all our clients buy the garden as well as the house. On my last job alone I have destroyed a £30 fork, removed 8inch lumps of concrete; building bricks - which included 3 rows of mortared wall; visqueen sheeting and had to dig through a compacted solid pan of rubble. Their drainage solution is less than a foot underground and every slab is dot and dabbed. My client paid extra for this crappy workmanship. 

I have also uncovered footings that were put in the wrong place and covered with soil. Walls, enough building bricks to build a house and my favourite metal strappings. I have also had blue chemical containers to deal with. We have a lot of clay around so a lot of gardens have drainage issues. A soak away in clay is a waste of time.

So based on my recent experiences I nominate Redrow as the worst offending company. Who is yours?



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  • PRO

    Hi Graeme I could not agree more.

  • PRO

    Some years ago a guy who was doing some barn conversions dug a big hole in the back gardens and buried several lorry loads of rubbish instead of paying for it to be taken to a tip. A neighbour reported him to the local council and other authorities, resulting in him being prosecuted.

    So, what was he prosecuted for?

    • what did he do with soil created from the hole made for rubbish dump? dig another hole and bury it?😂

  • PRO

    Tax avoidance.

  • PRO

    I presume he raised the ground level. Apparently the easiest prosecution to bring at the time was tax avoidance, as he had avoided paying the land fill tax by not sending the rubbish to a registered tip.

  • PRO

    Many years ago a surveyor who worked for a council bought a farm and did a deal with a firm building a new road to sell them subsoil for building a new road embankment.

    So a huge hole appeared on his farm and the council ordered him to fill the hole back in which had been dug without the councils approval, that was when he bought some skip lorries and skips.

    By the time the fields looked like nothing had ever happened he was a very wealthy man and the farm had apparently paid for itself.

  • After 40+ years of site landscaping, I have seen all of the above.......and more!  The biggest problems came from developers who call in 'the landscaper' as at the last minute and you just have to work 'with what you've got'.  No other trade would put up with it!

    One of the worst examples I saw was on a housing development. We were just packing up and heard a digger trundling round the corner, following a dumper. The digger promptly scooped out a hole in a 'to be' front garden of a half built house and the dumper tipped about 1/2 ton of wet concrete into the hole. All was filled in and off they went!  










































































































































































































































































































    Things don't change, do they? I have landscaped many new sites.  Housing, schools, retirement homes, industrial etc., and have seen all that you mention and more!




  • I think it is about time gardens came under building regs. All developers should leave the garden areas in a fit and reasonable state or stump up the cash to put them right.

  • The daft thing is that it's pretty much free to get rid of CLEAN hardcore. Just needs a little organisation and discipline on sites- not gonna happen.

    The shit that passes for housing nowadays should all be banned.

    • I agree. I have one client that has had leaks in every room and another that has had to have the whole house repointed within a year. Another paid just short of £1m for his new build and has problems for over 2 years including the decorative stone chipping.

      It will never change as there is just too much money to be made for the large construction companies. 

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