Landmark Brentford Building To Be Reclad for Fire Safety
Work at Goat Wharf expected to take nine months
A block of flats in the centre of Brentford is to be completely reclad after specialist investigations found that the existing façade presented a potential fire safety hazard.
Goat Wharf, also known as Malthouse Court, of which Housing Association Notting Hill Genesis owns the freehold, was subject to an ‘intrusive’ on-site investigation into the current façade condition primarily with regard to fire safety by PRP Architects last year.
They discovered significant concerns about the existing construction of the eight storey building which cascades from Brentford High Street down to the river Thames. There are 86 flats in the development along with commercial units along the High Street and underground parking.
There were a number of issues with the façade including insultation material not suitable for buildings over 18 metres in high and non-compliant cavity barriers as well timber board cladding and ply backed Zinc cladding panels.
The existing façade will now be completely removed and replaced with new, guaranteed fire safe materials.
The planning application to the council for permission to begin the work states that the expected date of commencement is in September with a completion date of June 2022.
No indication has been given that residents will have to vacate their homes for the duration of the works.
There are no proposals to change the layout or scale of the existing building.
July 16, 2021