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Mace residents avoid re-cladding costs on £225m scheme

Residents at a £225m Mace development in London found to have Grenfell-style cladding will not be forced to pay for its removal, Construction News can reveal.

Mace confirmed that remedial work would now be carried out on two blocks at the £225m Greenwich Square scheme but that it would come at no extra cost to residents.

Last month, CN revealed the cladding on the development needed to be replaced after it was found to be category 3 ACM cladding, the most combustible of the three ACM cladding types.

In the letter to residents seen by CN, Mace said that after “complex work” investigating the matter the company had decided that two blocks at the development will require remedial work.

“This work will be carried out at no cost to the residents of Greenwich Square, and should not require anyone to move out of their flat while works take place,” the letter said.

Despite confirming that Greenwich Square residents would not pay for the work, Mace would not confirm to CN whether it would cover the full cost of the work, or details of who would potentially provide funding.

Mace also pledged to continue to pay for a 24-hour fire patrol, also known as waking watch, until the work is completed. CN reported in June that Mace’s waking watch bill was £100,000 a month.

The company said it was now finalising the design and programme of remedial works and would soon be able to provide more details on timings, logistics and installation method.

Last week the National House Building Council agreed to cover re-cladding works worth between £25m and £40m for the 1,000-home Capital Quay project, also in Greenwich.

NHBC had signed off the Capital Quay development through its building control arm and provided leaseholders with 10-year warranties.

The move from Mace follows increased pressure not to push the costs of the re-cladding work onto residents, with London mayor Sadiq Khan among those to issue warnings.

The government has called on private developers to increase the pace at which dangerous cladding is removed from high-rise blocks, while also calling on them to ensure the costs of this work do not fall on residents.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire recently introduced new measures to accelerate action.

These included forcing private developers to draw up action plans for buildings found to have unsafe cladding, and setting up a taskforce of ministers, fire chiefs and local councils to oversee a national programme of remediation.

The new measures were tabled after the government’s building safety programme found that 297 private sector blocks had flammable cladding installed.

The removal of cladding had only begun on 21 of these blocks, while only four had seen the cladding completely removed.

A Mace spokesman said: “We can confirm that required remedial work to the cladding at Greenwich Square will be carried out at no cost to the residents.

“We are currently finalising our plans and will be able to provide more detail about the proposals shortly.

“We would like to thank all of the residents of Greenwich Square for their patience while we have worked to reach this point.”

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