Damages awarded over £4m island retreat blaze in Poole

  • 7 July 2014
  • From the section England
Fire at Green Island cabin
Image caption The timber home was almost completed when the blaze tore through it in 2012

A multi-millionaire whose £4m timber home was destroyed in a fire has won a seven-figure damages claim against builders involved in the project.

The chalet on Green Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, was nearing completion when the blaze tore through it in 2012.

Berkshire-based Edward Iliffe bought the island for £2.5m in 2005.

A judge ruled that Feltham Construction Ltd was indirectly responsible for the defective installation of a logburner or flue that caused the blaze.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith ordered compensation at London's High Court.

Feltham, which oversaw much of the green building's development, claimed it was not responsible as the flue and logburner were installed by a sub-contractor.

It also disputed claims that the fire originated in the roof space.

Mr Iliffe, from Newbury, won planning permission in 2010 to build a luxury six-bedroom log cabin which was purpose-built in Canada from cedar logs and shipped over.

The amount awarded has not yet been revealed.

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