Northpoint residents were being charged for an ongoing fire watch service because of the combustible nature of the cladding material installed to the building façade. CAN Structures were duly requested to undertake the controlled removal of 2,200 square metres of ACM cladding.
The proximity of the site to the operational railway resulted in keen interest from Network Rail who insisted they oversaw and approved the safe system of work being developed. The removal of combustible cladding from residential buildings has been widely considered and as a result the CAN site team were also filmed and reported by the BBC.
To control the cladding removal process tensioned lines were initially installed to the building façade. Each cladding panel was then secured to the tensioned lines before being detached from the façade. Once detached, a simple lowering system was used to lower off each cladding panel to ground level.The CAN site team removed all the ACM cladding, reinstated rainwater services and security lighting, and recycled as much of the façade material as was possible. More importantly to the residents of Northpoint, the project eliminated the necessity of an ongoing fire watch service for the building.
Duration: 9 Weeks