High rise cladding work concluding

High rise cladding work concluding

THE FINAL phase of work on the Kennedy Gardens high rise in Teeside is ‘expected to start shortly’, with the cladding replacement already undertaken.

Gazette Live reported on the beginning of the final phase of work on the tower block in Billingham, with all external cladding removed and scaffolding taken down ‘after almost a year and a half of work’. The building’s landlords Thirteen stated that the last stage was to ‘paint the buildings to restore them to their original appearance’, with the cladding having been deemed a fire risk after the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

Work began to remove it that year, but in late 2018 residents complained ‘about the length of time it was taking’ after homes were surrounded in scaffolding, polyethylene and metal ‘for almost a year and [a] half’. Thirteen blamed the time taken on a ‘shortage of materials’, with providers nationwide trying to order ‘the same replacement panels’.

A Thirteen spokesman confirmed that the project ‘is now almost complete’, with weekly coffee mornings held to update residents on progress. He added: ‘The external cladding has now been fully removed and replaced with an alternative render system. The scaffolding has also been taken down and the final stage of the project will be to externally paint the buildings to return them to their original appearance. This work is weather dependent but planned to start shortly.

‘We currently hold weekly coffee mornings to keep our customers updated and these will continue to happen until the project is fully completed.’