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Wates-renovated towers to have cladding stripped

Eight tower blocks refurbished by Wates Living Space in 2010 are to have their cladding removed in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

Three of the towers in Manchester – Ledburn, Thomas and Westcott Courts in Hulme – were all refurbished by Wates Living Space in 2010 as part of a £7.5m deal for City South Manchester Housing Trust.

Wates Living Space also refurbished Duffield Court, Fulton Court, Hornchurch Court, Hulme Court and Royce Court over a three-year period between 2010 and 2013.

The contractor confirmed it had renovated the towers when contacted by Construction News.

The housing trust, which has since merged with Eastland Homes to form housing association One Manchester, confirmed that all of these towers were among the 16 of its properties that will have cladding removed following fire safety tests.

One Manchester said all 16 blocks had failed tests carried out by the BRE and DCLG. Although the cladding failed fire tests, there is no suggestion that Wates was at fault for the failure.

In a statement, the trust said: “Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower earlier this month, last week we informed our tower block residents that cladding samples from these buildings had been sent for testing to BRE who are acting on behalf of DCLG.

“Tests of cladding samples were ordered following concerns about cladding made of Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM), which is used in 16 of our 17 tower blocks.

“We have now had the results and can confirm that, like many others across the country, the samples from all of our blocks that are clad with ACM have failed the tests.”

According to the trust, the tower blocks that will have their cladding removed are:

  • Abbey Court, Gorton
  • Cornwall Court, Gorton
  • Cundiff Court, Levenshulme
  • Platt Court, Rusholme
  • Worsley Court, Rusholme
  • Bickerdike Court, Longsight
  • Thomas Court, Hulme
  • Westcott Court, Hulme
  • Ledburn Court, Hulme
  • Royce Court, Hulme
  • Duffield Court, Hulme
  • Hornchurch Court, Hulme
  • Fulton Court, Hulme
  • Hulme Court, Hulme
  • Hopton Court, Hulme
  • Meredith Court, Hulme

The trust added that a contractor had been appointed to remove the cladding from all 16 towers.

One Manchester is the second housing trust in the Manchester area to remove cladding from its properties in the last week.

Salford-based Salix Homes confirmed last week it would remove cladding from the 17-storey Magnolia, Mulberry and Sycamore Court buildings on Broadway Walk in Pendleton, and will also remove cladding from the 16-storey Newbank and Riverbank towers in Greengate.

It has also started to strip cladding from Canon Hussey Court, Arthur Millwood Court and Blackfriar Court, also in Salford.

The Newbank and Riverbank towers were both refurbished in 2015 as part of an £6.6m project carried out by contractor Emanuel Whittaker.

The deal was procured by Salix Homes through the Procure Plus Installers Framework, which started in April 2014 and is due to finish in July 2018.

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