Work to replace cladding on Huddersfield high-rise flats to go ahead

harold wilson court

Plans to carry out safety improvements on a Huddersfield high-rise building have been approved.

Harold Wilson Court is in line for a £2.76 million project to improve tenant safety in the event of a fire.

This proposal for the 11-storey building comes after a fire safety review in the wake of Grenfell Tower, that identified improvements were required. These included replacing the existing exterior wall insulation and filling empty spaces between walls inside the building to prevent fire from spreading rapidly.

The works include:

  • A new emergency evacuation and fire alarm system
  • The installation of fire-rated internal windows
  • Sprinklers installed throughout the building.

Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, said:

“The proposed work once again highlights the progress we have made since the ALMO was transferred to the council and our absolute commitment to keeping our tenants and leaseholders safe in their homes.

“This vital work will ensure that Harold Wilson Court offers the highest standards of safety in the event of a fire.

“We will work to support the tenants of Harold Wilson Court to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum whilst we carry out this essential fire safety work.”

What will this mean for tenants?

We expect that tenants will remain in their homes whilst contractor Wates carries out the work. 

43 flats will be affected by the work. Initial stages of design and planning are due to start in May 2022. It is expected the building work will commence in Autumn 2022 and will be completed by Spring 2023.

In the meantime, a 24-hour waking watch patrol continues to keep residents safe.

The works at Harold Wilson Court are part of a £90 million improvement plan that’s being carried out across social housing in Kirklees.