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A summer ‘Big Lunch’ as residents return to Brickfield Cottages

June 13, 2019

BuffetReaders may remember one Bank Holiday Monday in 2016, our newly built housing estate of approximately 40 properties at Brickfield Cottages in Plumstead SE18, suffered a ground collapse in a resident’s driveway. As a result Hexagon, took the difficult decision to move all 40 households off the site whilst a long process of essential engineering work was undertaken. With strong support and assistance from our partners in Royal Borough of Greenwich, the residents were moved to a mixture of alternative accommodation including rented properties provided by RB Greenwich, specially purchased street properties and other Hexagon properties. After a year and a half of extensive investigations, the site was confirmed as safe the residents returned at the end of 2018.

On Saturday June 8 residents came to together for an event called Summer Big Lunch at Brickfield Cottages. This was a celebration that everyone had finally returned to their homes , apart from a few residents who opted to stay in their replacement properties.

The celebration included a tasty buffet of food prepared by resident Hatice Okudan, who says, “My house was the last to move out – and of the many who returned, the last to come back. I have to say Hexagon have been really good the way they dealt with it all.”

Another resident Shakhira Cosshall said, “The hole appeared in a neighbour’s driveway a day or so before my due date for my new baby! We were not in the immediate vicinity so it was about seven months before we moved to another two bedroom house . The temporary home was smaller than my home at Brickfield Cottages, and was on a busy road with traffic rather than the quiet culdesac we have here. We have built in cupboards here too which makes a difference when you need the space for a growing family. So we felt a bit cramped in the other house but are overall very happy with all Hexagon’s efforts. I am very glad to be back in our original house again. This challenge helped bring our community together. “

Ice cream van The celebration also included a face painter and free ice cream provided by ice cream vendor and Hexagon resident, George Nalbant.

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