Homeowners share shocking photos of half-finished building work after construction firm went bust
Homeowners who relied on a now defunct construction firm to build their homes have released images of half-finished work that has left them in ‘unliveable’ conditions.
Shocking pictures show the mess left behind by Weymouth based Nova Building and Development Ltd, including rubble piled high outside properties, unfinished floors, and leaking ceilings.
One image shows a concrete floor half dug up, while another shows endless piles of bricks and tools abandoned in a customer’s garden.
Angry customers have been left with their lives turned upside down, with one claiming they had been ‘displaced for 11 months’ due to the work, while another said their ‘life had been put on hold’.
The firm, which claims it was forced to fold as a result of a ‘coordinated hate campaign’, said that it faced ‘repeated challenges in sourcing materials and labourers’ as a result of the pandemic and Brexit.
Shocking pictures show the mess left behind by Weymouth based Nova Building and Development Ltd, including rubble piled high outside properties
Images shared online show the mess that was left behind by the firm, which has since folded.
One image shows an endless pile of rubble and bricks that has been left outside of a customer’s home
Some properties have been left with work half finished, including this image of a leaking ceiling
Images shared on social media show the carnage that was left behind when the firm closed its doors for good.
One shocking image shows a concrete floor half dug up, and tools that were left behind by the firm
Nikki Armstrong (left) and Jayne Eagles (right) say their home was left ‘unliveable for months’
In a statement of affairs, liquidators revealed the firm owed 18 creditors a total of £292,257.00, including more than £120,000 due to HMRC.
Customers have taken to social media to voice their frustration about the state their homes were left in.
Jane Eagles said her house was left ‘unliveable’ for months, and that she had faced sleepless nights after ‘months of shoddy work and false promises’.
Another customer, Steve Taylor, who had made payments for a single storey flat roof extension, said new contractors had to ‘completely start again’ after Nova’s original work, while another said her ‘life had been put on hold’.
One customer ‘ended up at the doctors’ as she was so stressed by the unfinished job and another said the work left them ‘broken’.
A spokesperson for Nova Building and Developments said: ‘Like many businesses we started to struggle with rising costs over the past year but we were coping. Deadlines weren’t always able to be met because of these issues but this was communicated with our clients at all times.
‘A lot of the work was subcontracted and we had people on site that we thought we could trust and we did trust them but, in some cases, things could have gone better. We were paying workers for a full day’s work and quite often they would be clocking off early: these are issues that we didn’t always know about.
Some customers were left with piles of rubble and rubbish in the gardens of their unfinished homes
Angry customers released images of the unfinished work, which many claimed cost them more money to fix.
Images show that some customers have been left with issues inside their homes as well
Some customers shared images of work inside their properties which included bare brick walls which had been left unattended to
Some customers were left with piles of rubbish and debris from the construction work in their gardens
In a statement of affairs, liquidators revealed the firm owed 18 creditors a total of £292,257.00.
‘We are confident that if we were allowed to finish the work in the cases highlighted then there would have been no issues.
‘A lot of claims have been made on social media about the company – some have been completely outlandish – and that have contributed to us having to liquidate. We have lost business as a result of a hate campaign and it left us with nothing.
‘We have received an awful lot of support from clients, friends and family that know we would not rip anyone off and we would always complete a job to the best of our ability.
‘We have been harassed, and in some cases threatened, which crosses the line.’
Trading Standards confirmed they were aware of an outstanding complaint regarding the company and were ‘looking into’ the circumstances.