Council faces hefty bill for replacing weak cladding
Lincoln City Council is looking to improve the quality of the exterior cladding on one of its buildings after it began falling off.
The Terrace, which lies in the heart of Lincoln’s cultural quarter, was officially opened in September 2008. It now serves as an office block and workspace for artists in the city. However, despite the building being only a few years old, the slate cladding has began to come away, prompting the council to look for a sturdier alternative.
“We’ve investigated the material and after taking specialist advice, opted to replace the cladding on the whole building with an alternative material,” economic sustainability and tourism programme manager at the council Kate Ellis told This Is Lincolnshire.
“We have yet to choose the replacement cladding, which will either be a natural material or metal, but work is planned to start in May and we hope it will be completed by early July.”
Currently the building is swathed in blue netting as the council secured it in order to prevent the falling cladding from injuring workers or pedestrians below.
“As soon as we were aware there was a problem, we made the area safe with scaffold and netting,” Ellis added.
The council are currently in talks with the building’s original architects as to how they can recoup the estimated £4.6 million that the repairs look set to cost.