Uniting Communities changes cladding on new ‘U City’ development over safety concerns

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The Not For Profit has re-designed the exterior façade of its flagship 20-storey building currently under construction in Adelaide’s CBD “to completely exclude the use of approved exterior cladding panels” following the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London in June.

Around 5% of the original design used the aluminium composite panels, which are approved and widely used in Australia. However, questions have been raised over the combustibility of the materials.

Uniting Communities Chief Executive Simon Schrapel said the change “may come at extra cost to us as the developers. However, cost is clearly not our primary focus when it comes to safety and protecting lives.”

The SA Govt is currently investigating 77 buildings in the CBD which may have the cladding.