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.