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Cromer Estate

Lawtech undertook cladding remediation works to three 1960s built high-rise blocks situated on the Cromer Estate, Camden.

LB Camden



February 2022 - October 2023

Key Facts

The remediation works consisted of the removal of existing cladding and design/installation of replacement cladding to three 1960s built high-rise blocks situated on the Cromer Estate, in the Kings Cross area of Camden. The three blocks are: 1-38 Bramber House (7 storeys), 1-48 Glynde Reach (12 storeys), and 1-20 Gatesden (8 storeys).

The scope of works included:

  • 1-48 Glynde Reach, Harrison Street: The building was clad with a combination of phenolic External Wall Insulation (EWI) and rainscreen cladding.

  • 1-20 Gatesden and 1-38 Bramber House were of the same construction type. The buildings were clad with phenolic EWI.

Key Challenges

As this is a highly populated area, only a short distance from King's Cross and St Pancras train stations, we imposed a 5mph speed limit within the Wakefield Street and Bramber site compound area for all delivery vehicles. Delivery drivers were instructed to contact the Site Manager upon arrival to site, prior to unloading. This ensured minimal obstructions in the roadway. A trained traffic marshal was present to direct pedestrians and passing vehicles, and delivery drivers were reminded that due care and attention were to be taken at all times.

To minimise the amount of on-site storage, materials were scheduled to be delivered on a 'just-in-time' basis. Goods/passenger hoists were installed on each scaffold. These were used for the raising and lowering of materials, equipment, waste and personnel.

Residents were notified in advance by the RLO when works to their balconies or walkways would be taking place. Access to balconies was restricted. Access along walkways was closely monitored to ensure resident safety throughout the works.

Resident Liaison & Social Value

Our Apprentice Resident Liaison Officer (RLO) for this project was recruited from the local community. This provided economic benefits and created an opportunity for them to learn from an experienced RLO. 

We also trialed a new initiative over the winter months. With consideration to the amount of foot traffic passing the compound every day, we created a 'wall of kindness' where coats could be donated, accessible to those who may need them. This initiative was a great success, with regular turnover of clothing present on the hooks. We are looking to scale this across all sites.

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