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Overcladding works begin at Lydstep Flats


A scheme to overclad three high-rise blocks of flats in the city in underway.

Work has begun on the three blocks at Lydstep Flats in Llandaff North, which had cladding removed in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy.

The project, which is being carried out by ISG Ltd, will see new A1-rated cladding fitted to the three buildings as well as new windows, balcony upgrades including balustrading, surfacing and new balcony doors for the 126 households living there.

Each property will also benefit from a new extract ventilation system for the kitchen and bathroom and also have a new flue fitted to the boiler.

Cabinet Member for Housing and  Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "I am so glad, as I know all the Lydstep residents are, that contractors are now on site to begin replacing the cladding that was removed because it did not meet current fire safety standards. The cladding we are using to overclad the three blocks is of the highest level of fire safety.

"Progress on this work has been affected by significant cost rises due to Brexit and inflationary pressures in the building industry as well as the impact of the extensive testing and regulation framework for cladding solutions.

"Throughout this time we have been so grateful to the residents for their patience as we worked on finding the right solution for the three blocks and it's great to see contractors on site and work underway."

The scheme is expected to take around 70 weeks to complete all three blocks. The Council also intends to replace cladding at Loudoun and Nelson House in Butetown and proposals for these schemes will be considered at a later date.