£100m Camden recladding job back out to tender

The Chalcots Estate (Image: Rydon)

The London Borough of Camden has started the search for a contractor to reclad four towers in the Chalcots Estate, after Wates departed the project last year.

Wates left the Chalcots Estate last year, having been in negotiations with the council to replace the cladding, windows and curtain walls on towers there. It had been undertaking preparation works since January 2019 under a letter of intent.

Its involvement came after the estate was evacuated temporarily following the Grenfell Tower disaster amid fears that the blocks were clad with dangerous ACM cladding.

In 2019, it emerged that Camden Council has made a £130m claim against the contractors involved in the refurbishment of the estate to recover costs from Partners for Improvement in Camden (PFIC) and its principal subcontractors – Rydon Construction, Rydon Maintenance, Faithful + Gould and United Living South. PFIC is in liquidation.

In February this year, Camden Council issued a contract notice to reclad Blashford tower – a 19-storey block and the smaller of five within the estate.

Now it has issued a contract notice for recladding works to the 23-storey, 1960s Bray, Burnham, Dorney and Taplow towers, together with associated works to the envelope of the buildings, including full window replacement, renewal of flat roods, installation of building maintenance units, replacement of brickwork to the ground and first floor levels, as well as radiator installations and decorating work.

The total façade area on the towers is around 30,000 sq m and construction on the £100m project is expected to last 22 to 25 months.

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  1. My view is nothing good has come out of the Grenfell tragedy. Thousands of innocent people around the UK are living in fear and misery – mainly due to their financial paralysis, not the danger of their block going up in smoke, which surely must be statistically almost zero chance. The obscene sums now being blithely bandied around in sorting the cladding issues everywhere, would be better spent by Local Authorities as handouts to both Leaseholders and Renters to clear out and get on with their lives. I do not know how many occupiers of the Camden example above there are, but I imagine £100m split between them would go long way?!

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