The existing cladding on the outside of the building must be replaced because of concerns over fire safety. This is because the sample of cladding sent for examination by the government failed safety tests and is unsuitable for the block.
We’ve taken expert advice and will be replacing the cladding with an alternative, safe material approved by the Building Control Team at Reading Borough Council. The replacement is similar in appearance and the block will look the same on completion of the work as it does now.
We’ve appointed a contractor, Wates to carry out the work and a firm of consulting engineers, FFT to supervise the project.
When is this happening?
We started putting up scaffolding on 5 November 2018. This will take a few weeks, and then the cladding replacement will start in the new year. The work will take 9 to 10 months to complete so we expect to finish and remove the scaffolding in August or September 2019. These dates and timescales may change if we find there’s extra work to do once we’ve removed the cladding and insulation. We’ll let you know if this is the case and update you during the work.
Keeping you informed
The main point of contact for residents will be Kim Dwan, Wates’ Resident Liaison Officer. Kim will contact you in the first few weeks of the project (while the scaffolding is going up) to explain more about the project and answer any queries you may have. Her contact details are below.
For more information you can ask Kim to add you to our email list if you want periodic updates. We’ll also be posting updates on the notice boards in the lobby.
Possible impact on you
We won’t need to access your home (unless there are exceptional circumstances) as all the work will be done from the outside of the building. We will try to keep disruption to a minimum but there will be an increased level of activity around the block during the works. There will be some loss of light and blocked views, and we will need to restrict access to balconies as these will also be having the cladding replaced.
We appreciate your continued support and patience as we move forwards with the work. I enclose a “frequently asked questions” document and have provided contact details below if you have any other queries.
We would again confirm that the fire strategy for the building remains ‘evacuate in the event of a fire’ and the Fire Marshals will remain on duty whilst the works are underway. Please continue to follow the fire safety advice previously issued to you.