Another developer to cover cladding replacement
BUILDING COMPANY Mace has announced that it will replace combustible cladding on two blocks in Greenwich ‘at no extra cost to residents’.
Construction News reported on the move by Mace to undertake the remedial work at Greenwich Square in London, which means that residents ‘will not be forced to pay for its removal’, with work coming ‘at no extra cost’ to them. It had been reported last month that the cladding on two blocks in the development needed to be replaced due to having been found to be ‘the most combustible’ type of cladding.
Mace stated in a letter to residents that after ‘complex work’ investigating the issue, it had decided that the blocks would need ‘remedial work’, adding that ‘this work will be carried out at no cost to the residents of Greenwich Square, and should not require anyone to move out of their flat while works take place’.
However, the developer would not confirm to the news outlet that it would ‘cover the full cost of the work, or details of who would potentially provide funding’. So far it has pledged to ‘continue to pay’ for a 24 hour fire patrol or “waking watch” until the work is completed, which was estimated to be around £100,000 a month.
The design and programme for the works is now being finalised, with Mace soon ‘able to provide more details on timings, logistics and installation method’. A spokesman stated: ‘We can confirm that required remedial work to the cladding at Greenwich Square will be carried out at no cost to the residents.
‘We are currently finalising our plans and will be able to provide more detail about the proposals shortly. We would like to thank all of the residents of Greenwich Square for their patience while we have worked to reach this point.’
Last week, the National House Building Council announced a ‘landmark decision’ related to the New Capital Quay development in Greenwich, where residents will no longer have to ‘foot the bill’ for cladding replacement, with the move one that ‘could have repercussions for other apartment blocks’. There has been ‘increased pressure’ on developers ‘not to push the costs’ of works onto residents, including from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the government.
Recently, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire introduced measures to ‘accelerate action’ in regards to private developers, with the government having called on them to ‘increase the pace at which dangerous cladding is removed from high-rise blocks, while also calling on them to ensure the costs of this work do not fall on residents’.
Mr Brokenshire’s measures include forcing developers to ‘draw up action plans for buildings found to have unsafe cladding’, as well as ‘setting up a taskforce of ministers, fire chiefs and local councils to oversee a national programme of remediation’.