Pimlico Flats Newsletter May 2011

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April featured a long holiday break due to Easter and the Royal Wedding which meant that most of Bradley Construction’s workforce seemed to disappear for around 2 weeks! Nevertheless the work has continued with all beams now in place and plastering ¾ of the way finished.  All plumbing and electrics first fix have been completed and with the workforce back in full swing the soundproof flooring will be ordered in the second week of May, door frames are already in place in half the flats so doors will be ordered soon and so can some of the sanitary ware.

There have been reports of problems with the wifi – whenever we have investigated this we have found no problems connecting ourselves.


I have set up a Pimlico Flats Channel on Youtube in which I will be uploading various informative videos of Pimlico. If anyone has any contributions to upload they would be gratefully received, likes and subscriptions appreciated.

Generally no news is Good News!

Boiler Scrappage – Renting Low Carbon Homes

Gas Boiler

Gas Boiler

Pimlico Flats believe passionately in cutting waste and reducing our carbon footprint.  I have to say that before confessing my total confusion about the Government’s Boiler Scrappage scheme.

Figures seem to say that there are 4,000,000 inefficient gas boilers in the country that should be replaced by more efficient models that use less energy, saving £200/year in gas bills. The government will pay £400/Boiler to folks who replace their boilers with the the most efficient types – but if it’s such a good idea …. why is it being limited to 125.000 boilers – just 3% of these inefficient boilers?

Could the answer be that modern condensing boilers have half the life of the older boilers? How much carbon does it take to manufacture a replacement “efficient” boiler? I have no idea, but I do know that if you measure carbon in £ then the equation doesn’t add up. An old inefficient boiler or a new efficient boiler costs around £2000 including all the carbon costs of delivery, and installation. A typical life of an old boiler is 15 years, and of a new one is 7 years (the shortest life we experienced was 18 months!), whilst the carbon saving is £200/year. So here is my Carbon Comparison:

Replacement Boiler Carbon Costs:

Installation £2000

Lifetime – 7 Years

Existing “Inefficient” Boiler running for 7 years

Excess Carbon Costs £200 p.a. – total £1400.

Excuse me – but surely it HAS to be more environmentally friendly to leave an existing boiler in place than to manufacture a new boiler and send the old one to landfill?

Seriously – if you can explain this lunacy to me – please do!

Recycling in your Rented Flat – What a Waste!

Typical recycling bin

Typical recycling bin

Is recycling a waste? Well if used materials are not recycled then new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry. Also recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change, and current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of C02 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.  There are over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK, and in 2001, these sites produced a quarter of the UK’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, however recycling starts in YOUR kitchen and that is why new rental flats rented out by Pimlico Flats feature recycling bins which makes recycling effortless.

You can get recycling bins from My Kitchen Store, so fit a recycling bin to your kitchen and you have made a contribution to saving our planet.

Rent a Shower which looks stunning yet is Easy to Clean

Glass Shower Panel in Rented London Flat

Glass Shower Panel in Rented London Flat

The new kid on the block is the glass decorative panel! Sleek, colourful, shiny, glass panels make a fabulous statement and colours that match the rest of our studio colour scheme. Not only do our glass panelled showers look stunning – they are easy to clean with their clean lines and lack of grout to discolour.

We have linked the shower room colours to the kitchen by using the same glass panels as kitchen splashbacks (as supplied by My Kitchen Store) to create a unifying effect throughout the flat.

Glass Splashback

Glass Splashback

Maintenance of Rented Flats

Richard Greenland

Richard Greenland

There is a long running thread on Property Tribes about the high cost of maintaining rental flats with a general consensus that maintenance eats up 30 – 35% of rental income. Routine running repairs, such as replacing the silicone round a shower tray, unblocking a drain or easing a door, will not come to 35% of the rent but when you factor in all the costs over say a 10 or 15 year period the picture looks very different. At Pimlico Flats we will likely have replaced the kitchen and bathroom at least once, redecorate fully inside and out 4 or 5 times, and replaced carpets 3 or 4 times. Additionally there is the cost of the voids while the work is being done.

We have asked Richard Greenland, a Landlord, Property Developer, and Builder of 30 years experience to undertake a regular Blog on the issues of Flat maintenance. Richard is a great exponent of  reducing costs by forward planning and the use of appropriate methods and materials, and every Tuesday starting tomorrow he will be publishing an article on the building techniques which can lead to low maintenance costs.

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