The Stratford Halo development in Stratford will see high pressure laminate (HPL) cladding removed from 700 homes.
Newham Recorder reported on the plans to remove HPL cladding from the 700 home development on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford, after it was discovered to fall ‘below expected standards of fire safety’. Notting Hill Genesis (NHG), the housing association that runs the site, noted that fire wardens have been stationed ‘around the clock’ at the development, though the 43 storey Halo Tower at the centre of the development is unaffected.
A spokesman for NHG said that contractors had begun removing the panels this week, while residents ‘will not have to pay’ for the work. He added: ‘We have carried out an expert-led inspection of materials and workmanship in the external cladding on the Stratford Halo development. Our experts are of the view they fall below expected standards of fire safety.
‘Our original contractors are due to provide us, within the next few days, full details of how they propose to replace the cladding. In the meantime, as an additional precautionary measure, they started on site to remove sections of cladding and insulation in a small number of locations. Once these are removed, temporary cladding will be erected to ensure the buildings are weather proof.
‘While the temporary work takes place, we have implemented a 24-hour waking watch and a full evacuation policy across the entire site.’