Probe into Grimsby-based building firm after complaints over work and misuse of an official logo
A PROPERTY development company is being looked into by Trading Standards for the quality of its work and for using an official logo when it is not accredited.
The probe into Absolute Property Developments (APD), based in Grimsby, was prompted by complaints from a customer who was unhappy with the standard of work carried out by the company.
Businessman Franco Contegiacomo from The Pink Butterfly, Victoria Street South, Grimsby, paid £5,500 to APD to help turn his restaurant into a bed and breakfast.
Mr Contegiacomo says he awarded the company the contract after seeing the British Board of Agrément (BBA) logo on a quotation submitted to him.
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The BBA is one of the UK's major authorities offering approval and inspection services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry.
But following the completion of the majority of the work, Mr Contegiacomo was unhappy with the quality and checked the company's credentials with the BBA who confirmed that Absolute Property Developments was not in fact approved.
Trading Standards is now looking into both the use of the logo and the workmanship.
Company director, Andrew Allen, told the Telegraph, however, that he thought he could use the logo legally as he used their accredited products. He also disputes Mr Contegiacomo's claims about the quality of the work.
Mr Contegiacomo said: "My business is changing from a restaurant to a bed and breakfast so I needed to have the building changed for health and safety.
"I came across Absolute Property Developments who said they are very experienced and on their quotation it shows the British Board of Agrément logo.
"I saw the logo and decided to go for them because they are an approved authority that accredits good companies.
"I spent £5,500 in total on all the changes but I am worried the work they have done will not pass any of the regulations I need."
He claimed: "The problems start at the front door and continue throughout the building. The door frames don't fit the walls and the doors themselves don't close properly. Smoke seals are missing and they have used filler that is not fire proof. Large holes have been filled with expandable foam that is also not fire proof.
"In my opinion it will not pass the regulation that I need to open my bed and breakfast.
"I did query the work and he said it would pass the regulations and he also said that he would come back and finish off the little bits that still needed doing.
"I am now working with Trading Standards to try and get it sorted out."
The BBA has written to Mr Allen, asking him to stop using the logo.
A spokesman said: "The BBA can confirm that this company is not BBA Approved and so is not entitled to use the BBA logo on its paperwork.
"The BBA has written to Mr Andrew Allen, a Company Director of Absolute Property Developments Ltd, advising him to remove all reference to the BBA and the BBA logo from all his company's literature with immediate effect."
Both Mr Contegiacomo and Mr Allen are members of the Local Business Network Group in Grimsby.
Mr Allen denied leaving the building in the state Mr Contegiacomo claims he did and said: "This is going to turn my world upside down. This will ruin my business.
"We are both part of a business group that are meant to help each other.
"I even offered to do some of the work for free.
"I had four guys on the job working 12 to 14 hour days and we completed the job.
"Nothing like this has happened to me, we did the best job we could.
"The reason I put the BBA logo on the paperwork is because I use their approved products. I was not aware that I couldn't use the logo.
"I can't give him the money back because the job was done fine in my opinion."
A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: "Our trading standards team has received an enquiry about the use of the BBA logo plus a further complaint and is looking into them both."