When the three Granville road tower blocks were cladded, by the end of 2012, although the finished work by Barnet Homes was shady and residents feared someone could have been killed after several panels blew off during high winds in October 2013, at least the insulation was improved and gas and electric bills were slashed up to 40%.
Now, after the Grenfell Tower disaster, Barnet Homes are rushing to remove the cladding from the three towers, which is similar to the Grenfell one, although the insulation is noncombustible, and according to their officials, during the Fire Safety meeting on 29 June 2017, there will not be recladding until new advice is issued by the Government.
Elliot Sweetman, the director of operations, and Troy Henshall CEO of the Barnet Group
reported that the contractors were already on site. Scaffolding will be going up shortly. The process of removing the cladding and the insulation material will begin soon and it should be completed by the end of September.
After the cladding and insulation has been removed, remedial works will be undertaken around all windows and vents to ensure that they are windproof and watertight. All areas that require weatherproofing will be addressed.
It will be hard during the coming months for the Granville Road residents, they will lose the insulation, the life will not be normal due to works noise and on top of that the redevelopment of the area, the erection of luxury flats on the green area between the towers, will happen soon and the works will last for years. The idyllic and quiet life in Granville Road will not be the same anymore.
There will be further meeting with the Granville Estate Residents Association (and other consultation meetings with residents) as more is known.