Key milestone reached on our Hatfield & Gerrard fire safety transformation project
A key milestone has been reached on our Hatfield and Gerrard recladding and fire safety project, with scaffolding on one of three tower blocks now being removed, revealing the new fire-resistant terracotta cladding.
Following the Grenfell Tragedy, it was confirmed that the cladding on three, 13-storey tower blocks at Hatfield Close (two blocks) and Gerrard House (one block), failed non-combustibility tests.
United Living Group was commissioned by Lewisham Homes to deliver the Hatfield Close and Gerrard House fire safety transformation project, undertaking emergency works with scaffolding erected. United Living commenced on site in October 2017, with the dangerous cladding on all three blocks successfully removed by December 2017.
Following the removal of dangerous cladding, the three blocks have been subject to an extensive refurbishment and recladding programme which includes the installation of smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, upgraded windows, new doors and balconies & structural works.
The new cladding is designed to be highly fire resistant. The tiles are made from terracotta and have an A1 safety rating, the highest achievable. The supports and insulation behind the cladding have also been given an A1 rating.
Conor Bray, Managing Director at United Living Property Services, said: “The safety of residents has been the core consideration underpinning our work, so to see the scaffolding start to come down is highly rewarding for all involved with this project. We look forward to seeing the end result, with the modern and contemporary exterior only a glimpse of improvements made.”
On this project, United Living Property Services are working in close partnership with Lewisham Homes, Michael Dyson Associates, Novo Facades, 4i Solutions and the London Fire Brigade.
For more information about the Hatfield & Gerrard fire safety transformation project: https://www.lewishamhomes.org.uk/hatfield-close-and-gerrard-house-transformation-project/