LIVING AT HELENA COURT, HIGHLANDS GARDENS

Photo: T. Gilling
Works and improvements

Helena Court is a beautiful Victorian building with spacious and pleasant gardens. It requires a good deal of attention to keep it to the standard leaseholders and residents expect. Reversing years of neglect, the Residents Association's priority in the 1990s and early 2000s was to get a grip on maintenance works from routine cleaning and gardening to bigger items like regular internal and external painting, fire safety, electrical re-wiring in the common ways and repairs to brickwork and the roof. Multi-year maintenance plans make provision for such works.

Since 2003, the Association has undertaken a gradual programme of improvements. These have included re-paving the front pathways in sturdy and attractive herringbone brick, some restoration work in the gardens and, from 2010, a series of works to restore the front and back areas adjoining the building as well as hedges that have suffered disease. This has included refurbishment of the rubbish bin and basement areas, working to plans kindly prepared by Freddie Steen and Laurence de Vaz.

The next major works that are foreseen are to make the plumbing and water tank system secure throughout the building, with good access to cockstops, to undertake a programme of repairs to the roof areas including dormers, and to implement external metal gating and CCTV security.

Both leaseholders and residents are invited to make suggestions for works and improvements to the managing agent or through an HCRA board director.

Credit: Freddie Steen. First design concept for the full front area works.

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Credit: Laurence de Vaz.