New building’s ‘design flaw’ mocked by Reddit users with road sign blocking gate

A building design flaw at a new-build building has been brutally mocked online.

A road sign that was visible on Google Maps as far back as 2008 can still be seen today and its appearance now has left Reddit users baffled.

Smart new townhouses have been built on the site of an old Victorian school but it appears not everything has made way for the £365,000 properties in Shirehampton, Bristol.

The Station Road street sign is almost completely blocking anyone entering the mid-terrace home, making coming home with shopping bags a task in itself, let alone squeezing a pushchair past it.

Google's cameras captured the construction straight after the front garden walls had been built, revealing how a space was left for a gate directly behind the sign.

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Bizarrely the latest photos taken by Bristol Live, who headed to the scene after it was mocked on Reddit, suggest an attempt was made to resolve the issue.

Look closely and you will see new tarmac has been laid around the sign as though it was dug up for re-location but instead replanted in the exact same spot.

An image of the sign was posted on the Bristol Reddit thread yesterday (Wednesday, February 17), prompting amused comments and almost 100 "upvotes".

"Quality job", joked one commenter, with another adding: "A bit of a pain when they are having a new washing machine delivered."

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"Can't work out if I would step over it, around it, or limbo under it if I lived there," wrote a third.

Bristol Live has approached the developer and the highways authority, Bristol City Council, to clarify why the sign has not been moved.

A Rightmove advert for the new three-bedroom homes suggests that the frontage has been finished for some months, as they were marketed in September with a similar street image.

That particular end-of-terrace property was listed with a 'from £365,000' price tag, with the marketing material advising that the development would be complete by spring 2021.

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The homes appear to have been popular nonetheless, with several 'sold' estate agent boards now in place – including at the entrance next to the road sign.

Google's Street View function documents the evolution of the site over more than a decade, with the oldest view from 2008 showing the road sign still standing in the same position.

The plot was previously home to a Victorian building that served as Shirehampton National School, before becoming a snooker hall and café.

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