27 June 2017

Work to begin to remove cladding from Hanover tower block in Broomhall has started.

Maintenance teams and contractors have been appointed and have begun to remove the cladding on the block at low level today. It will take around several weeks to remove the cladding, of which a single element failed the Government’s new fire safety test.

Meanwhile Sheffield City Council has written to all tenants and residents in the 1960s tower block. It held a drop-in meeting for residents last night and will be present on the block speaking to tenants today and Wednesday.

Further meetings will be held on Thursday 29 June at 5.15pm to 6.15pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm and tenants and residents have been notified. Private meetings can also be held on request.

Housing officers are on hand at the Tenants and Residents Association office, based in flat 345 on the ground floor, and contacting people who are either vulnerable or need further information.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue have agreed with the Council that it is safe to remain while the works take place. If residents do want to find out about temporary alternative accommodation, they can visit the drop-in sessions or call housing services on (0114) 2930000.

Security is on site 24 hours a day while the building works take place.

We will continue to sample and visually test other tower blocks in line with our own investigation and that of the Government.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “We are working quickly to ensure the safety of all our tenants, at Hanover and across the city, and to reassure them during what is clearly a distressing time.

“Work has got underway at Hanover today because we need to show residents just how seriously we are taking this. We are talking to as many residents as possible to reassure them about the work that needs to be carried out at Hanover.”