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Latest update - 6 November 2023
Regrettably, our status has not changed. The findings of the survey carried out by Rooff remain with our experts for review. Comments from the review will be shared with Rooff to be factored into their proposals.
We continue to press Rooff for their detailed design solution. Once we’ve agreed a solution that Building Control is happy with, we’ll move towards confirming a schedule of works, start date and timeline. As soon as we have this, we’ll share it with you at a virtual resident project meeting.
We’re aware that Rooff has issued a formal claim against their architect for the issues that have been identified, which is continuing through the court system. We can confirm that Hyde is not a part of the proceedings. However, this doesn’t prevent us from moving forward with the remediation work.
We’re sorry that we’re not able to provide you with a start date at this moment but would like to assure you that this is very high profile for us. We’re working as hard as we can to agree a solution and get the work started and completed.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
We’ll provide you with a further update at the end of November, unless there’s progress or developments before then.
Clarification on costs for leaseholders
To provide assurance to leaseholders, we’re able to confirm that for Bolanachi Building Hyde is the current landlord, and was the developer or was associated with the developer for the purposes of the Building Safety Act 2022. By ‘developer’ we mean that Hyde was the party that appointed Rooff Ltd as the Principal Contractor who was responsible for designing and constructing the building.
The fact that Hyde was the developer means that we can’t pass on charges to leaseholders for the costs of remediation works to “relevant defects”. The works identified in this instance, insulation behind the brick work on the full height elevation, are classed as “relevant defects”, as outlined in the Building Safety Act.
To help you understand if you’re a qualifying leaseholder, please visit Building safety leaseholder protections which also contains a Leaseholders Protections Checker for you to use and understand if you’re protected from costs, based on the answers you provide.
S20 Notice for completed Timber Replacement Works
We can confirm that we’re not recharging leaseholders for the timber replacement works that were completed following the S20 Notice we issued dated 25 March 2021. We’ll be issuing a retraction for this notice.
Building Safety Fund applications & current position with Rooff Ltd
We’ve made two applications to the fund. The first was in relation to the completed timber replacement works, which was denied, and on appeal the denial was upheld, meaning no funding was received for them. The second one for the brick works has been accepted based on a proposed solution made to resolve the identified issues. This application has been accepted in principle, remains in place and could be progressed should we need to.
We’re sorry for the delay in further updates on next steps. Rooff Ltd is still working on their remediation proposals. We await the outcome of the further investigations and have asked for a time frame following the investigations. We’ll update you all as soon as we know more.
If you have any queries, please email us at [email protected].
We’re sorry for the delay with the EWS1 for your building. We understand the uncertainty this may cause and thank you for your patience.
We’re waiting for results of the investigations. Further investigations need to be done before a EWS1 with a satisfactory rating (A1 .2 or B1 instead of A3 or B2) can be issued.
We've sent an email to all email addresses we have on our records, if you haven’t received it or have further questions, please contact us at [email protected].
What to do in the event of a fire
The evacuation strategy is ‘simultaneous evacuation’. This means that if you're alerted to a fire, you must evacuate the building immediately.
A fire engineer will be involved throughout the project to ensure an EWS1 form will be issued about six to eight weeks after work is completed.
If you want to find out more about EWS1 forms, please visit our EWS pages, where you can find an overview of the issues surrounding external wall surveys and the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Download a copy of your building’s fire risk assessment
You can download a copy of the latest fire risk assessment for Bolanachi Building (PDF, 7MB). Any actions in the fire risk assessment will be completed by the due date stated.
Get in touch
If you have any questions relating to the project, please email us at [email protected]