Lewisham Homes and United Living have announced details of how the new cladding and other safety measures at the Hatfield Close and Gerrard House developments will operate, as the project to transform the blocks with new, up-to-date safety features continues.
The new cladding system
The new cladding will be supplied by Taylor Maxwell and is designed to be highly fire resistant. The tiles are made from terracotta and have an A1 safety rating, the highest achievable. The supports and insulation behind the cladding have also been given an A1 rating.
Other measures will also make the towers much safer. As well as new roofs, the blocks will also be given new external windows and new automatic opening vent system (AOV) will be installed in all communal areas, clearing smoke quickly in the event of fire. The rubbish chutes will also be upgraded to make them compliant with new fire safety regulations.
The new automatic opening vent system clears smoke quickly
The automatic opening vent system can be set off by either the fire alarm being triggered or by high temperatures in the communal corridor. When this happens, the vents open automatically and allow smoke to clear. Work on installing this system is scheduled to begin in February 2020 and complete in May that year.
The new terracotta cladding was shown to residents at a community event in December 2018. Through a series of meetings, residents were involved in choosing the tile colour and overall design of the exterior, settling on three options which were put to a vote. The winner (pictured below) was a darker shade of natural red, with a platinum grey border. The winning design was revealed in a tenants’ and residents’ association meeting in March. The work to apply the new cladding is scheduled to begin in February next year, concluding in September 2020.
The winning design chosen by residents
For more information on the ongoing works at Hatfield Close and Gerrard House, visit our project page.