Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London we sent samples of cladding from some of our buildings to the government to be tested. The cladding on St Lawrence House didn’t pass the tests and must be replaced.
What will happen during the work?
We’ll need to put up scaffolding around the block so our teams can get to work. Once that’s up, we’ll be removing and replacing the cladding and insulation from the outside of the building including the balcony areas.
When is this happening?
The scaffolding work will start in the week commencing 5 November 2018 and take about eight weeks to put up. We’ll then start the work on the cladding early in the new year. The work will take about 40 weeks in total so we should be finished in August or September 2019.
Will the block look different?
No, the cladding we’re going to put on looks very similar to the original cladding but is made of a much safer material. Once we’re finished St Lawrence House will look basically the same as it does now.
Who will be doing the work?
We’ve appointed a contractor, Wates, to do the work of removing and replacing the cladding, and a firm of building surveyors, Faithorn Farrell Timms (FFT), to manage the project. Wates’ Resident Liaison Officer will be your main point of contact during the work, and FFT will provide a Clerk of Works to visit St Lawrence House at least three times a week to check on the progress and quality of the work.
Will you need access to my flat?
We shouldn’t need to come inside your property unless something unexpected comes up. If we ever do, we’ll contact you to let you know in advance whenever possible. We will need to work on your balcony as that will have some of the unsafe cladding on it. We’ll need your help to make sure the balcony is clear when we need to work on it – we may be able to help with removal and storage of any items you can’t keep inside.
How will this work impact on me?
Hopefully it won’t have a significant impact on anyone living in the block. The scaffolding will have nets around it for health and safety reasons so there will be less light than usual coming in through your windows. There may also be some noise for parts of the work, though we will do everything we can to keep this to a minimum.
Will it cost me anything?
No, we will not be looking to recover any of the costs for this work through the service charges for tenants, shared owners or leaseholders.
What should I do if there’s a fire?
If a there is a fire in the building, please evacuate the building immediately. The fire safety strategy has not changed so please follow the fire safety advice previously issued to you. We have Fire Marshalls on site 24 hours a day and they will continue to patrol the building until all the unsafe cladding has been removed.
How can I find out more?
For more information you can request (via Wate’s Resident Liaison Officer) to be added to our email list if you want periodic updates. We’ll also be posting updates on the notice boards in the lobby.
You can also contact Kim Dwan, Wates’ Resident Liaison Officer on 07740 842286, she will be in touch with you while the scaffolding is being put up.