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Aberdeen Council’s cladding plans revealed

16 September 2011 No Comment

A new report set to be presented to Aberdeen City Council’s housing and environment committee this week will detail the extent to which wall cladding needs to be replaced on several tower blocks.

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The Press and Journal reported that the confidential document will be shared with the group on Thursday August 25th and ask councillors to approve a multimillion pound budget to install new cladding and fit windows on the buildings.

The towers have dominated the Aberdeen skyline for 40 years

St Ninian Court, Inverdon Court, and Balgownie Court are the three blocks affected, with officials set to claim that they will not meet Scottish housing quality standards if the work is not carried out.

Seaton tower blocks on a bright sunny May day in Aberdeen.

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According to the newspaper, the cost of the repairs was originally quoted as £2.66 million but this could rise to more than £3 million, with the alternative being to demolish the huge buildings.

The towers have dominated the Aberdeen skyline for 40 years now and their fate will be of enormous significance to the city.

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Speaking to STV, Balgownie Court resident Jennifer Walker explained that the kitchen of her 14th-floor flat is regularly water-logged when it rains because of a broken fan that has gone unfixed.

The 22-year-old also highlighted how her three-year-old son Boyd’s bedroom windows are covered in mould and damp patches.

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