Wates had been lined up for the job

Camden council has relaunched a contract for recladding and fire safety refurbishment works on the Chalcots Estate after failing to agree contract terms with Wates earlier this year.

The contractor had been working on the north London estate (pictured) since January last year under a letter of intent basis and had been expected to take on the programme’s major works.

Chalcots Estate

But in the spring, the firm left the job after failing to reach an agreement with the local authority over escalating costs.

The new procurement process, which was flagged up via a Prior Information Notice (PIN) on the Official Journal, is looking for a firm to carry out a series of tasks at the site.

As well as recladding, other jobs the £99m deal will include is full window replacement, renewal of flat roofs, replacement of brickwork to the ground and first floors and secondary back-up generators for lifts.

Firms have been asked to complete a PIN questionnaire by 2 September. The council is looking to publish a new contract notice in December.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the estate was briefly evacuated in June 2017 because of safety concerns over its aluminium composite material cladding, with cladding removal beginning in September that year.

The Chalcots Estate is made up of five high-rise residential towers that were built in the 1960s.

All the buildings were renovated between 2007 and 2009 including recladding that concealed the original in-situ concrete facade walls.

Last year the council announced it was pursuing contractor Partners for Improvement in Camden as well as subcontractors Rydon Construction, Rydon Maintenance, Faithful + Gould and United Living South, for the costs of carrying out remediation and fire security on the estate.