Lewisham high rises cladding replacement begins
THREE BLOCKS in the London borough are having new cladding installed as well as a range of fire safety ‘improvements’ to make them a ‘safer environment for residents’.
Bdaily reported on the work at Hatfield Close and Gerrard House in Lewisham, three blocks that are having new cladding installed alongside a range of fire safety improvements. The cladding installation ‘has begun three weeks ahead of schedule’, with the new design chosen by residents, and the new material set to bring ‘enhanced safety’ to the towers.
The initial work will include covering the building itself with fire retardant membrane, followed by aluminium rails, rock and wall insulation complete with fire breaks, and finally the new cladding. Fire safety improvements have also been installed across all three blocks by building managers United Living South, and include a new automatic opening vent system and sprinkler systems. Roofs and bathroom windows have been replaced, while ‘structural enhancement’ has taken place.
United Living South’s divisional manager Tommy Nightingale stated: ‘We are extremely happy to see the installation of the new cladding system begin at Hatfield Close and Gerrard House. We have worked tirelessly since being appointed, back in August 2017, and the beginning of phase three is a key milestone for us all. As well as this, various fire safety improvements to the blocks have also been completed and this is the final stage of making the building a safer environment for residents.’