A third building in Reading has had dangerous Grenfell-style cladding removed.

Work to remove and replace the aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding at Crossway Point was paused due to Covid-19 but has now been completed, the council confirmed.

The works to replace the cladding at Crossway Point, Norwood Road, which is social housing, were completed at the end of December 2020.

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Previously, the cladding at St Lawrence House Abbey Square (social housing), was removed at the end of 2019, while the cladding at Queen’s Court, Queen’s Walk, (student accommodation) was removed in March 2020.

This means there is just one building in Reading which still has the dangerous ACM cladding which caused the Grenfell Tower fire.

Plans to replace the ACM cladding at the Hanover House, Kings Road (apartments), have been approved by the council and the works began in December 2020.

They are currently expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Hanover House. Photo by Mike Swift.

Hanover House. Photo by Mike Swift.

After the Grenfell Tower fire, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (HCLG) set up the £1.6 billion Building Safety Programme fund to oversee and pay for replacing unsafe ACM and non-ACM cladding on buildings over 18 metres tall.

Applications have recently been made to replace dangerous or potentially dangerous non-ACM cladding at three sites in Reading.

“Potentially combustible” cladding will be removed from parts of the buildings that make up The Meridian apartment block on Kenavon Drive by the River Kennet.

And cladding at the Honister and Hewitt buildings at 20-40 Alfred Street, will be removed and replaced with “suitable non-combustible cladding”.

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On the same street, the Hunsaker, Hermitage, Halcyon, and Haywards buildings, which is deemed as “high risk” in the event of a fire.

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These three applications will need approval from the council before work can start.