Property company linked to terraced street in north Liverpool owes buyers £41m

By Tom Duffy

A Liverpool property company that was behind a number of stalled sites now owes buyers over £41m.

Absolute Living Developments (ALD) was behind a string of off plan residential schemes across the north west which were not delivered.

The schemes were heavily marketed toward overseas buyers many of whom lived in the Far East. But the investors began to become concerned when ALD failed to complete property schemes in Manchester and Bradford.

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Now a report by liquidators Azets has revealed that the company owes buyers £41,506, 570.85 and owes a total of £68,068,995.99 to creditors.

The report also reveals that the Official Receiver initially estimated the company's liabilities to be £2,596,271.36 when the true figure was £68m.

The report, filed last month, puts the company's assets at around £2,170,758.87.

The company's registered address was a terraced house on Snowdrop Street in Kirkdale between September 3 2014 and December 1 2014. One of the company's directors was also based at this address from August 2014 to June 2015.

The company's registered address moved to Horton House on Exchange Flags in Liverpool city centre in December 2014. ALD was based there until September 2016. This was the company's last trading address before it entered liquidation in September 2016.

The report by the liquidator reads: "To date I have received 496 unsecured claims totalling £68,068,995.99 compared to £2,596,271.36 estimated in the Official Receiver's report. This figure includes DS7's claims for £24,255,721.77.

"The total level of connected claims is £26,562,425.14 and the total level of unsecured claims excluding connected creditors is £41,506, 570.85."

The report also reveals that two businessman linked to ALD have been subject to international freezing orders. One of the orders has since been discharged.

It reads: "A worldwide freezing order was obtained against two defendants , two of which are based in Switzerland. In accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement, the worldwide and domestic freezing order against one of these parties has been discharged.

"However the order against the second defendant in Switzerland remains in place. No further action has been taken in relation to this defendant recently as the focus has been on obtaining and realising the properties during the period."

Absolute Living Developments was based at Horton House in Exchange Flags (Dan Longman)

ALD was behind the Orchid Point development in Stretford near Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium. The site, made up of Empress Mill and the Printhouse, were both dogged by controversy with buyers complaining about leaking roofs, mould, exposed electrical wires and a dodgy gas connection.

The liquidator is now trying to sell the sites and other assets that belonged to ALD.

In 2018 the Insolvency Service announced that they had taken action against the company's six directors. At the time the Insolvency Service said that ALD had taken £12m from investors in the far east in relation to off plan developments.

The six individuals were banned from being company directors for a total of 54 years.

The Insolvency Services said that the company misled investors, provided incomplete information, failed to provide adequate safeguards to investors.

Investigators found that the company requested completion payments from investors despite the scheme not being completed.

Last year Timothy Ackrel, a solicitor who had worked for ALD in relation to a property venture in Runcorn was struck off. A tribunal found that while in practice as an in-house solicitor at ALD and connected companies EPG and DS7, Mr Ackrel facilitated the payment of investors money to third parties and acted in schemes which bore the hallmarks of a dubious transaction.

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