Dear Sanctuary Housing,
I would like too know what type of ewi wall cladding/insulation was used on the 9 high rise blocks around chester?
Who supplied all the materials?
Who installed the cladding?
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that Sanctuary Housing Association is not covered by the Freedom of
Information Act so has no requirement under the legislation to respond to
Freedom of Information Act requests.
We have, however, been releasing information about cladding in our
properties into the public domain and I have included our statement below
in respect of the properties we own in Chester.
The inspections of nine tower blocks owned by Sanctuary in Chester and
Blacon were carried out on 22 and 23 June by the Council’s building
control surveyors in conjunction with Sanctuary Housing’s development
team. The purpose of the inspections was to confirm that the cladding
system and the external insulation used in the construction was
non-combustible and therefore safe.
A series of trial holes in the exterior of the building revealed that,
although in the majority of the towers tested the cladding was considered
safe and compliant, a different insulated cladding system had been used at
ground floor level behind the brick façade of Rowlands Heights, Thackeray
Towers and Haygarth Heights. Trial holes behind these ground floor level
brick panels revealed that a different type of insulation material had
been used from that used on the other tower blocks and the upper storeys.
The technical specification for this different system of cladding
insulation raised some questions about its suitability. However, the
insulation was completely encapsulated within fire resistant materials and
was separated from the rest of the building by the provision of a physical
fire proof barrier positioned directly above it.
In the light of the Grenfell tragedy, with the Council we jointly sought
advice from Local Authority Building Control (LABC), which is a national
body. This advice has been carefully considered and, with the residents’
safety paramount, a decision was taken that the insulation product would
be removed immediately and replaced with the same fire resistant
insulation used in the upper storeys.
It is stressed that the location and form of construction was considered a
very low risk to residents’ safety and it is important to understand that
the system is completely different from Grenfell Tower.
With the exception of the insulation at ground floor level at Rowlands
Heights, Thackeray Towers and Haygarth Heights, the insulation systems
used in all nine tower blocks are classified as non-combustible and comply
with the appropriate British Standard (BS EN 13501:1).
Sophie Atkinson ACIS
Director - Governance and Legal Services
Sanctuary House, Chamber Court
Worcester WR1 3ZQ
direct dial: 01905 334 008
mobile: 07747 694 619
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