Members of the Lewisham Homes board and staff visited Hatfield Close on Friday to observe the ongoing works. The site visit was hosted by contractor United Living and housing consultant Michael Dyson Associates, who have been involved in the project since the cladding was removed in late 2017.
Councillor Paul Bell joined Lewisham Homes chair Ainsley Forbes and CEO Margaret Dodwell on the scaffolding on the Hatfield 1 tower, alongside board members Steve Gough and Owen Fox.
The hard-hat tour included a walk on the roof of the building, where works to the plant rooms and weatherproofing are nearly complete. On a crisp and bright afternoon, the visitors enjoyed 360-degree views around south-east London while learning about the preparations being made for the installation of new cladding, windows and smoke ventilation systems.
In the site office on the ground floor, the group was also shown samples of the cladding tiles and the proposed sprinkler system, including a mock-up of what the sprinkler pipe enclosures will look like once installed in flats.
It is crucial to note that the buildings have remained occupied throughout the process. Though residents understand the necessity and urgency of the works, United Living is justifiably proud of not having received any complaints during its two years on site.
For more information on the ongoing works at Hatfield Close and Gerrard House, visit our project page.