The first major external work in nearly 10 years has started on the Trellick Tower.
The iconic building, in north Kensington , is having a £7.2 million refurbishment, which will take 14 months to complete.
Work will include outside repairs to the Grade II listed building and the repair and redecoration of all windows and sliding doors in the flats and the replacement of communal windows.
It is being paid for by Kensington and Chelsea Council, with the work carried out by Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) , which managed the building, and Wates Living Space, a privately-owned construction, development and property services company.
The project follows a framework agreement between KCTMO and Wates, which began in 2015, for Wates to carry out internal and external works in the north of the borough.
Robert Black, KCTMO’s chief executive, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Wates on such an important project.
"Both ourselves and Wates are working closely with residents to ensure that they’re fully informed and we’re committed to supporting them throughout the project.
"This iconic building is a favourite to many and this work will help ensure it stays that way.”
David Morgan, managing director of Wates, added: “It’s a huge honour to be entrusted with the refurbishment of such a historically significant London tower block.
"This project will involve a meticulous balance of ensuring we preserve the building’s iconic status while, most importantly, delivering the vital work with minimal disruption to Trellick Tower residents.
"We very much look forward to continuing our work with KCTMO and to getting under the skin of what is a landmark piece of post-war architecture.”
Trellick Tower, designed by Ernő Goldfinger, is regarded as one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture in the city .
Earlier this year, disaster was narrowly averted when a fire broke out on a balcony on the 27th floor.
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