Work has started on tower blocks at Salford’s MediaCityUK to replace controversial cladding following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
Residents in several of the high-rise blocks have recieved notification of the rennovation plans.
People living in MediaCity One have received a letter confirming that the cladding on the building is set to be replaced.
Following a review from the UK Government after the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London in which 72 people died, an investigation into the cladding on the tower blocks found that they were covered in the aluminium composite material (ACM) that does not currently meet government guidelines.
A letter to MediaCity One residents reads: “As you will be aware following recent updates, we are pleased to announce that after working with various stakeholders we are now in a position to start the project work linked to External Wall System on Number One, MediaCityUK.
“We hope this will be a great relief to both Leaseholders and Residents.”
The works include:
- Installation of wall climbing system
- Removal of old ACM cladding with a new fire tested product approved by Government guidelines
- Replacement flooring on all balconies
The rennovations programme involves:
- North (Pitch Side) – Estimated 20 weeks(TBC)
- West (BBC Side) – Estimated 42 weeks (TBC)
- East (Main Entrance) – Estimated 46 weeks (TBC)
- South (Dock Yard) – Estimated 20 weeks (TBC)
This is one of many tower blocks around Salford currently receiving work. Work to replace unsafe cladding on nine Pendleton tower blocks started at the end of 2019.
A High Rise tenant survey led by Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett shows that 77% of residents are concerned about fire risk in their homes due to cladding.
Residents of Media City One are being asked to keep their window covering closed during work hours (8:00 to 16:00).