Fox Street Village CGI
A CGI of the scheme which remains unfinished

Fox Street Village developer in administration

Charlie Schouten

Administrators have been called in at the developer behind the troubled scheme in Everton, which has been slammed by Liverpool City Council for “failing to meet the minimum standards expected of residential development”.

Administrators at Daniel Rubin & Partners have been appointed at the company, which is headed up by developer Gary Howard, according to Companies House. Kerry Tomlinson of Primesite was also formerly a director at the company, but resigned in February 2017.

Primesite submitted plans for the scheme in 2014, and the project included the conversion of an existing warehouse into apartments along with several new-build blocks, delivering 400 flats in total.

Work has stalled at the site in Everton, and earlier this year, the project was hit with an enforcement notice by Liverpool City Council, which has raised concerns the apartments were “poorly finished” and represented a fire risk.

A report to the council claimed the scheme “fails to meet the minimum standards expected of residential development” with issues including whether the land below had been properly remediated; fire safety issues including the cladding; and a lack of basement car and cycle parking, which was part of the original planning permission but has not been implemented.

According to documents on Companies House, the administrator has been appointed at the behest of PH Invest, a mortgage finance company based in London, and headed up by UAE-based director Paul Hawkins.

In early 2018, director Gary Howard said the development had “attracted investors from around the world” and said it would “hopefully form part of a community which people can be proud of”. Howard also said 98% of the apartments had been sold.

The scheme’s completion date was set for the end of 2018 but several of the blocks still remain unfinished. Howard’s other development company, Lin Mari Group, continues to trade.

The administrators and representatives of Gary Howard and Fox Street Village were contacted for comment.

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By Daniela cenciu

agree with Sceptical, same thing over and over again.

By John

Didn’t KDP design this awell…were they not struck off by RIBA recently for their cock up of the hotel in Hatton Garden?

By sasa

Sasa, correct. not just Hatton Garden either . Duffy of KDP also signed off the Sky building on Newcastle- under Lyme, another Tomlinson/Primesite failure, where it is alleged millions have simply vanished. The site remains un-finished with a debt to another property company round its neck. Duffy struck off for signing off fresh air as completed units. Fox St unsafe is a disgrace to our city

By Crosby Steve

Debenture holder put it in to admin but remains an anonymous Dubai based frontman
Seems odd that “money” was only put into to this untested developer/site last September when it was already a complete failure. Protection maybe?
The only successful thing about these schemes are the sales, funny that

By keith