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City centre apartment block to have combustible cladding replaced

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 01/06/2021 Nick Tyrrell

Plans to remove combustible cladding from a Liverpool city centre building have been submitted to the council.

Proposals from Liv Group would see some of the cladding on Hamilton House on Highfield Street replaced in order to meet fire safety rules introduced after the building was constructed.

It is the latest in a series of plans to strip combustible materials from high rise buildings in Liverpool in the aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.

An investigation later found that the building’s cladding, attached during a refurbishment, contributed to the speed of the spread of the blaze.

Since that tragedy, which killed 72 people, checks on buildings across the country have revealed thousands which need to replace their current cladding with safer materials.

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A report provided to Liverpool Council said parts Hamilton House’s cladding which already meet safety requirements will be retained, while the combustible cladding will be removed and cavity barriers will be incorporated into the building.

The report said: “The existing building facade has been formed using a mix of EPS render, curtain walling with spandrel panels, granite effect tiles, balconies with timber decking with the main bulk comprising terracotta tile rainscreen cladding.

“The building façade incorporates combustible materials and a lack of cavity barriers within the façade system.

“The scheme will replace these combustible materials with a non-combustible material. From an aesthetic point of view the look of the building will remain unchanged unless agreed in writing with the client and Local Planning Authority.”

Hamilton House was constructed in 2007 and has a total of 134 apartments across its seven storeys.

Liverpool Council’s planning department will now consider the proposals.


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