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Welsh housing association to remove cladding from Swansea tower blocks

Coastal Housing is set to remove HPL cladding on two tower blocks in Swansea.

The housing association has submitted plans to remove the cladding, which covers around 20% of both buildings. One is over 18m and the other is below.

Andrew Thomas, Head of Maintenance at Coastal Housing said: "Strand Court has High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) cladding to approximately 20% of the building. We are replacing this in line with changes to government guidance related to tall buildings, which states that HPL is no longer suitable for residential buildings above 18m in height.

"The cost of cladding replacement at Strand Court is being met by the Welsh Government High-Rise Residential Buildings (HRRB) Capital Remediation Grant and there will be no effect on residents' rent or service charges. We have kept residents informed throughout the process and will be making every effort to keep disruption and inconvenience to a minimum whilst work is completed.

"Because of the close proximity of Strand Mews to the taller building at Strand Court, we have taken the decision to replace HPL cladding on this smaller building too, even though it's below 18m. Again, there is cladding to approximately 20% of the building but in this instance, replacement costs will be met by Coastal."