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Quality concerns in the house building sector hit the headlines again this week in two separate stories, both involving Persimmons.  The first story broke in the Daily Mail on the 29 April after a furious couple hung a 6ft sign across their £286,000 new-build house to warn off other buyers after their new build property was left with 30 faults since they purchased it last June.  Mother-of-two Faye Douglas, 40, and husband Neil, 38, bought the four-bedroom home on the Persimmon development in Droitwich, Worcestershire, last June.  They say the entire four-bedroom house needs to re-plastered, painted and decorated.

Mrs Douglas alleges that the house has 30 different faults including walls that aren’t adequately plastered, none of the doors or windows being able to open and some of the walls misaligned.  The problems are currently being reviewed by NHBC.

To see the fully story including the list of alleged faults click here.

But the concerning headlines did not end there an on 1 May BBC Watchdog Live reported that houses developed by Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes have potentially dangerous fire safety issues.  The issues largely centred on missing fire barriers, particularly in timber frame constructions.  In the cases the BBC has uncovered, serious breaches have gone undetected during construction, leaving homes and lives potentially at risk if fire breaks out.

Problems reported following an incident at the Persimmon Homes Greenacres development in Exeter in April 2018 triggered a huge inspection programme of thousands of homes across the South West region.  More than 650 homes were found to have missing or incorrectly installed fire barriers. Some of these issues have not yet been rectified – and some homes have still not been inspected according to BBC sources.  Problems have also been reported on sites in Coventry.

Similar issues have been reported on Bellway Home sites in Kent and West Lothian where surveyor and expert witness, who carried out testing after original reports, found poorly fitted fire barriers at all four properties, with voids and gaps around them that would prevent them stopping fire from spreading.

Full details including comments from one expert witness can be found here.

FIS remains focussed on its quality framework Product Process People to support the construction sector in reducing defects and increasing both quality and safety – more details of this initiative are available here.