The man who sold Ross House to the Council for £1.8 million goes by two names on Companies House website:
Oliver Gordon Davis
Oliver (pictured) likes to be known as Ollie to friends and family. He “is keen for things to progress quickly.” He is a man “who would find a way to get through obstacles, regardless of what the obstacles could be!“
“He heads up his property development business focusing on bringing high quality new build homes to Kent. Specialising in large scale conversions and new modular build developments.
Ollie’s Specialities: My area of interest and expertise is project management, Idea Conception through to Implementation. Developing a project strategy, financial plan and timetable concept through to a full completion and delivery of that plan is where my passion lies and where I have experienced most success”, according to his Linkkedin page.
He was born in April 1987 making him thirty two years old. He is a graduate of University of Surrey, where he studied Entrepreneurship with ICT and Business, Business Management between 2005 and 2007. Ollie has a passion for Caterham Cars for whom he worked for two years and four months.
Ollie is a director in sixteen companies, according to Companies House. Oliver has, or had, five different service addresses for the various companies listed below, of which he is, or has been a director of:
Oliver has used the following occupation variants at Companies House:
Of the sixteen companies named above Oliver is a person of significant control of seven of them, according to Companies House.
One of Oliver’s company has recently converted a commercial property in Whitstable into 15 flats. As of the 6th of Nov only four apartments were left.
However, as the candid public statements made by Cllr Prater with regards to the Ross House conversion which he said “was total shit” and “sub standard”, it’s also been described as a “tinderbox”, given what we know about Ross House, it would be sensible for Kent Fire & Rescue Service to inspect the Oystergate conversion thoroughly. It would be wise and prudent for KFRS to liaise with Canterbury Council Building Control to see who signed off the building under Building control as well.
Now Oystergate is almost finished Ollie will possibly be moving onto Calgarth House in Ashford. He announced just a fortnight ago:
“Delighted to exchange contracts on Calgarth House in central Ashford yesterday. We will be delivering 8 stunning town centre apartments, within a stones throw of the new cinema and shopping centre complex. Just a 4 minute walk to the High Speed train to London St Pancras which takes just 37 minutes. Works commence this week to deliver 4 x 1 Bed, 3 x 2 Bed and 1 x 2 Bed penthouse with roof terrace in time for Spring! Sales info coming soon.“
We hope in the future as permitted development rights for this development arise, Ashford Borough Council building control department will ensure any work is compliant with the Fire Regs, and other parts of the building regulations, given what we know about Ross House. We do not need firemen walking into buildings which might be a “tinderbox”.
The sub standard conversion of Ross House by Ollie’s company, gives reasonable grounds for suspicion, which has a plausible basis for suspicion, as the fire risk assessment is off the scale. Major works to Ross House will need to be undertaken meaning tenants will have to move out at the Council’s expense.
It’s obvious to us Ollie you found a way to get through obstacles, regardless of what the obstacles could be. Unfortunately for you Ross House when you sold it was non compliant with the building regs and the certificate should never have been issued. Well Ollie didn’t overcome these obstacles, he seems to have ignored them so it would appear.
Moving on, we strongly suspect their may well be an issue within Folkestone & Hythe District Council Building Control.
Local residents have written to us in the last few days, informing us that Ross House is not an isolated incident and that FHDC Building Control appear to have signed off other buildings which are not compliant with the building regulations. We call for a full forensic audit of the department and a thorough investigation into how Ross House came to receive its building regulations completion certificate.
We hope hope both Canterbury City Council and Ashford Borough Council Building Control will be more thorough and ensure not just Ollie and his companies receive proper and thorough inspections, on site, and ensure building work is fully compliant with the building regs, but all companies who use your services who are undertaking permitted development work.
As Ross House shows, it is better to be safe than sorry. And do remember, the council became the owners on Friday 13th April 2018
Oliver has been given a right of reply. However, at the time of publication, an answer there has come none.
The Shepwayvox Team
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