Plans in for ‘urgent’ cladding work at City Gate
Dangerous aluminium carbonate cladding needs to be removed from three blocks at Bellway’s Castlefield scheme and an application for the work has now been lodged more than three years after the problem was identified.
The application was lodged by property management firm Rendall & Rittner, which manages City Gate 1, 2 and 3, the residential blocks developed by housebuilder Bellway on Blantyre Street, Manchester.
The planned remediation work is due to start at the end of the year, subject to sign-off from government housing body Homes England, and will see the ACM cladding removed from each of the blocks and replaced with a non-combustible material.
Sections of timber cladding on City Gate 1 and 2 will also be replaced.
In 2017, when the faulty cladding was first identified, residents were told they might have to contribute up to £7,000 each for the remediation work.
However, funding for the work is now being sought from the Government, which has set aside £1bn for the removal of unsafe materials from residential blocks across the country in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.
A spokesperson for Rendall & Rittner said: “Subject to approval from Homes England, work is anticipated to start at the end of the year and costs are being sought from both the Government’s ACM and Building Safety Funds, although we haven’t yet been given clarity on how much will be awarded.”
Bellway has been contacted for comment.