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New Greenwich library and leisure centre development found to feature most combustible Level 3 cladding

The Greenwich Centre and associated Greenwich Square development has been found to have the most combustible category 3 ACM cladding.

It’s been an open secret for a while that the cladding was dangerous. Fire marshalls are located on site 24/7.

Just a few days ago this site covered how the old East Greenwich library is crumbling away. Services moved from the building to the Greenwich Centre in 2015.

Cladding will now need replacing at the development. With any luck they’ll choose something a little less grey and reduce the monolithic appearance of the site, which was formerly home to Greenwich District Hospital until closure in 2000 with services moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.



The next stage of the development is now also underway. Half the site is still unfinished and developer Hadley Mace are beginning the build out. Last year they won approval to increase the number of planned homes.

Site of final stage

Revisions shown in green

It’s far from the only development with dangerous cladding. New Capital Quay in Greenwich also has cladding that needs replacing, and an ongoing battle over who should pay is underway.

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3 Comments

  1. anonymous201486

    There is no doubt in my mind that developers should fund the replacement of defective cladding. Why should the flat owners pay for the bargain bay choices of the builders?

  2. Andrew S

    Wouldn’t the flat owners have had to pay anyway as the flats would have cost more if different cladding cost more? (and was the stuff used actually cheaper or just different?)

  3. anonymous201486

    Those flats cost enough considering how cheaply they are built and what you actually get for your money – typically a small ‘open plan’ living room, tiny bedrooms and a windowless shower room. The choice of cladding is very much one of cost and it was this that proved so disastrous in the Grenfell Tower horror.

    Further, the construction may have gone against building control in applying this type of cladding to buildings above a certain height. Are the residents to be made responsible for a breach of building regulations?

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