Halifax high rises receive safety improvements

Halifax high rises receive safety improvements

THREE TOWER blocks in the area have seen fire safety improvements undertaken, with another phase about to get underway.

Halifax Courier reported on the work on the blocks, which has ‘reached its next stage’, and which covers the social housing blocks at Mixenden Court and Wheatley Court. Both were ‘ruled to be unsafe’ due to having failed the government’s fire safety tests on cladding last year. In turn, the blocks themselves were said to have been found ‘unsafe’ by investigations post Grenfell, with a ‘more extensive’ sprinkler system needed.

The cladding removal and replacement has been completed this month, with George Paterson, director of property services at Together Housing Group – which administers the sites – stating: ‘The safety of tenants has always been our number one priority. Following the event we immediately consulted with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and appointed an independent fire safety consultancy to review all our policies and ways of working and completed additional thorough fire safety surveys in all of our high rise blocks.

‘As part of this work we identified that the cladding on three high rise blocks in Mixenden required removal. Since last summer we have removed all of the insulation and cladding and are replacing it with a coloured render, to preserve the character of the building, while providing safety and reassurance. We recently announced a £75million investment by Together Housing into housing in Calderdale as part of a partnership with Calderdale Council.

‘The project will see development of new homes, redevelopment of existing properties and the sale of others. These include Wheatley Court, which we be sold to a developer as part of a wider plan to boost the Mixenden area, following a decline in uptake of rented homes in the block. All tenants in Wheatley Court will be rehoused by Together Housing and this work is underway.’