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Grenfell tower firm’s logo removed from Gospel Oak building site

Branding removed from Rydon vans as a 'precautionary safety measure for employees'

06 July, 2017 — By William McLennan

The Rydon branding at Bacton in April and, below, how the hoardings look now

THE contractor that refurbished both the Chalcots estate and Grenfell Tower has removed its logo from vans and a building site in Gospel Oak.

The sudden disappearance of Rydon branding on hoardings and flags outside Camden Council’s Bacton Low Rise project, in Wellesley Road, led some to question whether the company had pulled out of the job.

Relationships between the contractor and the council have been strained since it was revealed that cladding installed on the five Chalcots estate towers in Adelaide Road had failed government fire safety testing. The pictures were taken by Green councillor and London Assembly member Sian Berry, who feared it could mean “delays or possible changes at Bacton”.

But a spokeswoman for Rydon said the branding had been removed from the Gospel Oak project because “Rydon’s work on that phase is largely complete”.

Rydon vans, which until recently had been a frequent sight on the Chalcots estate where the firm is part-way through a 15-year maintenance contracts, have recently been spotted with their logo removed, but the firm’s phone number still visible.

One Chalcots resident recorded a Rydon employee removing the logo from the bonnet of his van while in the basement car park of Dorney tower. The spokeswoman said that “the logos on the vans were removed as a precautionary safety measure for employees” in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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