Various pieces of cladding are falling off a recently completed tower block in Deptford on Creek Road.
I’d heard of problems and visited yesterday to take a look and found damage in a number of area of the building’s façade, plus scaffolding erected near to catch any falling cladding.
Emails had said this had been in place for some time. The Union Wharf block only completed in 2019. It’s a development from Essential Living.
The build to rent development consists of 249 flats. Brick-effect panels are bolted onto the exterior and their integrity appears to be an issue. Cladding consisting of yellow brick-like panels and green tile panels are breaking off.
Developers have been incorrectly calling Greenwich though it’s actually in Deptford.
Presumably to justify high rent levels:
One bright spot at least is that as a build to rent block there are no owners on the hook for cladding problems.
Though residents paying such high levels of rent would at least expect decent build quality. Well, everyone should of course regardless of rent levels, but given the premium nature of marketing, this is shoddy in the extreme. This isn’t a cheap development to live. Failures across the block in more than one area raises questions of overall problems across the block and quality of construction and materials.
For something like this to happen so shortly after the flammable cladding scandal almost beggars belief. Back in September 2019 I went to visit this block to view changes to the creekside – and in all directions other blocks were clad in scaffolding to remove flammable cladding including New Capital Quay and those directly opposite.
Not even two years later and action is now needed to protect pedestrians from falling debris.
If this does turn out to be a widespread problem, we could see another scandal in the making.