Oxford high rise cladding replacement begins

Oxford high rise cladding replacement begins

OXFORD CITY Council has begun removing cladding from Windrush and Evenlode blocks, which failed the government’s fire safety tests.

The council stated that the removal of ‘existing rain-screen cladding’ at both the towers in Blackbird Leys has begun, in order to ‘make way for its replacement with improved non-combustible material’. This new cladding has been chosen as it is ‘in line with the requirements of the updated central government guidance’, with the council’s contractors Fortem to undertake the recladding work.

Residents ‘have been informed’ of the new schedule for the work, which forms part of the £21m repair projects for all of the council’s high rises, and the work is expected to be completed by July this year. External works were also begun around the Windrush Tower to improve its grounds, car park, fencing, landscaping and front entrance.

Mike Rowley, board member for housing, stated: ‘I’m delighted that re-cladding works have now begun at Windrush and Evenlode towers. This will put to rest concerns about the safety of the tower blocks as residents will be reassured by the knowledge that their homes now meet all aspects of fire safety as prescribed by the Government and indeed exceed requirements as sprinklers have also been installed.

‘We have also entered the final phase of this transformative tower blocks project, with landscaping works around the towers now being carried out. Residents have been informed and notices advising on access to communal car parks outside the two blocks during the landscaping works have been issued.’