Friday, February 03, 2006

Room with a View

While we are thinking on the subject of all the good land there is to build lots of tiny home on in Thanet, here’s a photograph of the Sea Bathing site I took recently, so you can see how it’s progressing.

What concerns me over so many of the houses - some no larger than a super-size rabbit hutch - I have seen built over the last few years is the generally shoddy standard of workmanship. It’s frequently but not always, a “Get them up quickly and sell them quicker”, attitude and very little attention appears to have been given to the effects of our local weather and its corrosive impact on any exposed metal surface. So last year’s new iron railings on an apartment balcony with a sea view, is this year’s speckled display of rust.

I suppose that if it’s of any consolation, many of the cheap and ghastly-looking ‘luxury ‘retirement’ blocks that are now being thrown up around the island, won’t last much longer than their new owners without considerable and costly attention over the years.


Anonymous said...

At least the structure at the Seabathing was sound and I am optimistic about the development being a success and an asset to Thanet. I am still amazed that there has not been an enquiry about the way a pime asset owned by the 'people' passed into private hands at such a low price to then be sold on for development for millions. We the people woz robbed?

Anonymous said...

Okay so you're suprised at the way such a prime publicly owned assett passed into private hands for a low price (I don't know how much was paid. However I know that from my experience of sourcing development land for companies & individuals, which is what I do, the Sea Bathing type sites can be difficult to shift. Most developers have templates for sites, that is if a site is X size they will put Y style building on the get the drift? They have a catalogue of buildings and styles for different eventualities. The problem I see with the Sea Bathing is it doesn't, didn't, conform and has taken a developer with a riskier attitude to take it on...and there aren't that many! Better for the building to be sold on the cheap and returned to some form of useful purpose then for it to decay. How many years was it on the market for? How many developers turned it down? That tells you something as being either too expensive for all them years or too risky. Why didn't one of the multi-nationals buy it? I bet it was too risky for them and their shareholders, better to stick to the template designs. When this is finished people will move in, with money to spend, local shops will benefit (there's a parade of them opposite the site all small businesses) a pub close by too. This project must be a huge undertaking for the developer and a risky one. They have to make a profit too, rather them than me!
Incidentally, I didn't introduce the site to the developers in case you think I'm defending!

Anonymous said...

I believe it sold for half a million, it cost 2 million for the planning, then it was sold for 6 or 7 million to the present developer.
Somehow the very restrictive covenants that went with the original sale got lost along the way.
She is selling the flats - several hundred of them - for about 200,000 each.
Big money.
By the way she bought the pub and is using it temporarily for offices and will turn it into a bistro or the like eventually.
The photo must be relatively old as it doesn't show the huge hole for the 2 storey underground car park under where the old statue of Erasmus Wilson was in front of the building.
Its a bit of a fuzzy photo when printed A4 , if there was a hi res one available it would be good, must have a look.

DrMoores said...

Photo was take in October on a murky day - speeded up to ASA 400 so not great definition. I'll take some more when the weather clears so watch the photo library

Anonymous said...

Are they puuting poor old Erasmus back on his plinth?