External cladding should meet a specific set of requirements for safety purposes. The cladding on the exterior of Oxid House has met the requirements set out by law.
Please see the attached diagram for full details.
Update - 31st October 2019
A number of requests have been made for additional information, however, this is the only documentation that is held on file at this time.
Further information has been requested via a number of channels, however, we have been unable to obtain any further reports. We are now at the stage where we will need to commission a full and extensive testing regiment of the cladding on the building, and a full set of reports. Unfortunately, this can be a very lengthy process and we are unable to give timescales, especially due to the extensive requirements in the industry at this time.
Update 18th December 2019
We have now instructed a contractor called Thomasons to conduct the following:
- Initial scoping of the building to identify cladding types, calling locations, and basic understanding of access requirements.
- Review of existing information available.
We will be in regular contact with the contractor and further information will follow ASAP
Update 22nd April 2020
As you are aware, O’Connor Bowden Rebloom have, over recent months been conducting an external wall review at Oxid House with the ultimate goal of producing an EWS1 form which is now required for mortgage purposes for this type of building. This work is to be funded through service charge contribution to the sinking fund, along with the original investigations which were done through a firm called Thomasons Surveyors with the assistance of a firm of fire engineers (Design Fire Consultants – DFC). They have conducted intrusive investigations into the façade of the building, opening up the exterior and ascertaining exactly how the walls are made up. Following investigations and as part of their report, Thomasons requested a Level 5 fire report from the construction phase. This takes a holistic view of the building and will help explain exactly how the findings within the building relating to fire are mitigated in the original design. Unfortunately however, after countless requests by O’Connor Bowden Rebloom, we are currently unable to locate the Level 5 reports. Multiple discussion and meetings were subsequently held with the fire engineers DFC to ascertain exactly how this information could be produced. They suggested it could be retrospectively created by them, but the work would be incredibly costly, time consuming and disruptive. For the reasons of both practicality and cost, O’Connor Bowden Rebloom decided this was not the best route at this time. We took further advice from DFC, who suggested that our clearest path forward was to approach the fire engineers who were involved in the original construction of the building, Omega Fire (now BB7). They are best positioned as they were both involved in the original design of parts of the fire strategies of the building. They also have a wealth of historic information in the form of photos and drawings which can assist their investigations. Speaking to them, they are certain that they have the required information to produce the report and subsequent EWS1. For the stated reasons, we recently approached BB7 for a quote which they have produced, and is currently undergoing the formal consent process with directors. Once approved, this will take a further 8 weeks to complete.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
This is the fullest and most in depth update we can provide at this time.