£170,000 for flood damage

Posted: 30th August 2012

The owners of a west London pub, the basement of which was inundated with water due to defective construction work, have been awarded more than £170,000 damages by a High Court judge.

River Scene 3The basement restaurant of The Oak pub, in Teddington, Middlesex, was flooded on January 15 2007. There was no dispute that the inundation arose out of admittedly defective work carried out during demolition of the existing pub and construction of a replacement building on the same site.

But a large number of issues relating to causation and the quantification of the claim against the builders who carried out the project and their sub-contractors remained to be resolved.

Ruling on the case, Mr Justice Coulson awarded the company, now in liquidation, that operated the pub £136,688 compensation for the material damage caused by the flooding. Another was £20,779 was awarded for loss of profits.

The two directors of the company were awarded £16,403 damages under various heads, including increased accountancy and insurance costs and the wasted costs of employing staff that arose from the flooding incident.