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Tradesman refuses to take down scaffolding from city centre flats over pay dispute

PUBLISHED: 07:53 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:53 23 July 2018

Russell McVey by his scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, which he is refusing to take down until the developers pay him the £20,000 he is owed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Russell McVey by his scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, which he is refusing to take down until the developers pay him the £20,000 he is owed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A tradesman is refusing to remove scaffolding from a newly-redeveloped city centre apartment block in a dispute over pay.

Russell McVey by his scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, which he is refusing to take down until the developers pay him the £20,000 he is owed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRussell McVey by his scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, which he is refusing to take down until the developers pay him the £20,000 he is owed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Russell McVey claims he is owed more than £21,000 by the developers of Grosvenor House on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.

The 31-year-old’s company was contracted by Intro Developments in 2017 to erect scaffolding around the former office block.

But following completion of the work to turn it into 80 flats, he claims he is still owed money by the Manchester-based firm.

And he is now refusing to remove scaffolding from the property in protest.

Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, formerly the site of the KFC. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGrosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, formerly the site of the KFC. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He said: “If we leave the scaffolding up our hope is that they will realise that they need to pay us.

“It should have been down weeks ago and everyone should have been paid by now. But they are saying they won’t pay me another penny.”

In response, Intro Developments, which is part of MCR Property Group, said it had paid what was owed to Mr McVey and his company Aboveall Scaffolding Services.

Chris Taylor, fund manager for MCR, warned if the scaffolding was not removed, his company will take it down.

The scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Mr McVey said Intro Developments had so far paid £269,261 for the work.

But he claims he is yet to receive an additional £21,584 for the cost of scaffold and hoist hire between April and May this year.

The original fee was £157,368, but Mr McVey said it became more expensive due to changes with the project.

VPH Roofing and Scaffolding, based in Watton, owns the existing scaffolding on the side of the property.

Russell McVey by his scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, which he is refusing to take down until the developers pay him the £20,000 he is owed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRussell McVey by his scaffolding at Grosvenor House in Prince of Wales Road, which he is refusing to take down until the developers pay him the £20,000 he is owed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The company was brought in by Mr McVey to help with the work.

A spokesman for VPH said the company had “no intention” of taking the scaffolding down.

Mr Taylor, from MCR Property Group, said: “As per Intro Developments’ business relationship with Aboveall Scaffolding Service, we have four purchase orders on record.

“The four purchase orders were paid in full, including all costs, and there is no amount owing.”

He said if Intro Developments has to remove the scaffolding, Mr McVey’s company would be charged for the work.

“If they cannot pay then we will sell the scaffolding, take out costs and return the balance to Aboveall,” Mr Taylor said.

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