Decision details

Decision details

50 - 72 Masons Road, Wood Farm, Oxford OX3 8QW

Decision Maker: Head of Housing Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


This block of flats has been experiencing structural movement for some years.  The cause of the movement has not been fully determined, although several hypotheses have been suggested.

The cause needs to be definitively determined, then stabilisation works and repairs executed.

Several of the residents have expressed concern about the cracks.  Tenants have been moved out of two of the flats due, indirectly, to the damage.  Others have asked for alternative accommodation, due to their perception of a risk.



Award of contract to Wilde Consulting Engineers to undertake work at 50 - 72 Masons Road, Wood Farm, Oxford OX3 8QW  for the value of c £80k in accordance with Part 19.11 of the Constitution

The cost of the necessary engineering services will be in the region of £80k including a 15% contingency.

A quotation has been provided by Wilde Consulting Engineers, via the South East Business Portal.



Reasons for the decision:

The structural movement needs to be arrested by undertaking works designed by the appointed structural engineer.

All works for the prevention of further deterioration to the building fabric and avoidance of more costly works at a later date.


Alternative options considered:

It is hoped that these proposals will remedy the structural issues. If they do not, then other more radical options, which have until now  been rejected, may need to be reconsidered.


Signed off by senior officers:

Stephen Clarke, Head of Housing Services.

Publication date: 24/11/2021

Date of decision: 19/11/2021

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