Council welcomes government commitment to fund tower blocks re-cladding

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2018

This week the Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons that the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous tower blocks cladding for councils and housing associations.

In June last year, the City Council decided to replace the rain-screen cladding on Evenlode and Windrush Towers with improved non-combustible material in line with the requirements of the new central government guidance.

The Council decided to go ahead with the re-cladding works pending a discussion with government about any financial contribution towards replacing the cladding.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement, Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “We very much welcome the news as we have said all along that we think the government should be footing the bill. However, we await the final details from the Housing Minister.”

Fortem, the City Council’s contractor, is currently replacing the cladding on the two tower blocks with Opus Euroclad, an A1 solid aluminium sheet similar to the one used on Plowman and Foresters towers. The re-cladding works are expected to be completed by July this year.