Leicester block cladding removal begins

Leicester block cladding removal begins

THE SUMMIT building in the city has seen work begun to remove combustible cladding, two years after the government’s fire safety tests found that the cladding needed to be removed.

In April this year, it was revealed that the cladding had yet to be removed or replaced nearly two years after Grenfell. The ‘complex’ situation facing the 22 storey building arose after the cladding failed the government’s fire safety tests undertaken in summer 2017. That July, both Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) confirmed that one building in the city had failed the tests, but did not publicly name it, though in a council meeting in April it was identified because the cladding still needs to be removed.

The building was clad in aluminium composite material (ACM), though LFRS stated that it was satisfied that the building was ‘safe to occupy’ because of its other fire safety measures in place. The building’s owners, Student Roost, stated through a spokeswoman that the existing cladding would be replaced ‘as soon as possible’, and indicated this would be done in the summer.

Now, Leicester Mercury has reported that cladding is finally being removed from the tower, with scaffolding up and workmen ‘removing the cladding’, adding that while LFRS has said the building continues to be safe to occupy regardless of the cladding, Student Roost ‘are now taking it down’, and expect the removal to be finished by April 2020m with new cladding ‘that meets government standards’ to be fitted.