Portland Court management say residents safe following wall collapse

According to the building’s management company, residents at a New Brighton apartment block are “safe” after a wall collapsed following a storm.

On the night of 21 December 2023, a large section of the western-facing wall of the apartment building Portland Court on Wellington Road partially collapsed into the car park below.

The day before, Portland Court Management Limited said they had identified damage caused by Storm Pia and closed off the car park but work could not take place due to high winds.

A note issued to residents said, “Due to a very real danger of falling masonry, the rear car park is out of bounds until further notice,” and advised “all garage users refrain using until further notice.”

Portland Court was built between 1938 and 1939 and is currently overseen by a management company that includes a number of residents of the building. The freehold for the site is currently on the market for £330,000 according to property portal Rightmove and its latest accounts show it suffered a £34,864 operating loss due to an increase in spending in 2021/22.

Portland Court Management is now developing a plan of action to address the issue with the wall but has been criticised on social media for a lack of maintenance of the building in previous years calling it an “absolute nightmare” to get things sorted. The leaseholder for the property is Scafell Securities Limited according to Companies House.

A spokesperson for the management company said, “The fire brigade attended and checked the structure of the building, confirming that all residents were safe, and that the interior of the flats was unaffected. Although one exit from the building has been closed, there are still three other exits, which is more than many comparable buildings, so residents remain able to safely exit the building.”

Portland Court Management also said there had been recent investment into the building including the heating system, a new porch, resurfaced driveway, CCTV, and a planned scheme of maintenance in place. Scafell Properties did not respond to a request for comment.

The issue was also reported to Wirral Council who said they were aware of the situation.

All images credit Sean Martin

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