Reading building’s ACM cladding ‘missed’
THE ALUMINIUM composite material (ACM) cladding on Crossway Point in Reading was discovered ‘after being missed by checks’ carried out post Grenfell, in 2017.
Inside Housing reported on the revelation that the building, owned by Catalyst, has the combustible cladding, with the company confirming that the tower ‘was missed in initial surveys’ of Catalyst’s housing stock in 2017. A report for Reading Council’s housing, neighbourhoods and leisure committee revealed that the council was only notified on 29 September this year that ACM ‘had been recently identified’ on the tower.
The council then granted planning permission for removal and replacement of the cladding on 25 October, with Catalyst to apply for government funding for the work. A Catalyst spokesperson stated: ‘We have focused on making sure that customers are safe in their homes and have carried out a number of remediation works at Crossway Point since we discovered a small amount of cladding that needed to be removed.
‘We have installed a fire alarm system on the top floor and will extend this to the rest of the building. While works are ongoing there are fire wardens who patrol the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we are keeping customers updated throughout the process with regular communication.’