£346K to replace cladding on city tower block

A worker removing cladding from the tower.
A worker removing cladding from the tower.
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Sheffield City Council is set to spend £346,000 replacing cladding on a tower block which failed a fire safety inspection in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Last year, the council said a single element of covering on the Hanover tower block in Exeter Drive, Broomhall, failed the inspection.

Following the development, residents said they were 'confused' and 'scared' after they were initially told their cladding was safe following the fire in London on June 14, 2017

But after further tests on the material, Sheffield Council claimed they did not contain the same material agreed with a contractor.

A report to the council’s cabinet states: “Following the removal of the original cladding on the Hanover Tower Block, there is now an urgent need to install new, solid metal cladding to replace the panels which have been removed.

“The scope of works will include the installation of the cladding, including insulation, the replacement of any damaged parts of the frame from which the cladding is suspended and any ‘making good’ required, such as re-sealing around windows.

“Government funding may cover the costs of this scheme. However this has not yet been fully confirmed. In order to allow this work to progress, it will be initially cash-flowed from funds allocated for essential investments.”

The scheme will be discussed at a meeting of Sheffield City Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, July 18.