Internal investigation launched by council after health and safety breach allegations at Brixton estate

LAMBETH COUNCIL has launched an investigation into their £150m Brixton housing scheme following fresh allegations of health and safety breaches.

Flooding, faulty electrics and leaking toilets at Myatts Field North estate were among the claims made by an anonymous whistleblower and residents in an independent report by the University of Leeds, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Since 2012, Lambeth Council has been in partnership with Regenter as part of a 25-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project. They will demolish 305 homes, build 808 mixed tenure homes and refurbish a further 172.

The most recent University of Leeds report, published in June, documents a series of safety failings alleged by a whistleblower who worked on the site.

A statement from the council said that, though the final report may take weeks, the initial investigation, which has included a table top review of finance and procurement and unannounced checks, has not revealed health and safety breaches or anything “untoward”.

An artist's impression of the completed Myatts Field

An artist’s impression of the completed Myatts Field

A Lambeth Council spokesman said: “Lambeth council takes any breach of health and safety regulations extremely seriously, and are investigating these allegations.

“Initial discussions with our project partners have returned reassurances that they believe they are compliant with health and safety legislation. They are co-operating fully and welcome the council’s investigation. Regular and unscheduled visits from Health and Safety professionals to the site have not identified any cause for concern.”

Regenter could not be reached for comment.