A block of 107 homes will have its cladding replaced to improve fire safety.

The cladding at Gallery Court in Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow will be stripped off and new cladding will be installed, Sanctuary Housing confirmed.

But the housing association stressed that the block of flats remains compliant with all current regulations and the existing aluminium composite cladding is different to the type on Grenfell Tower, which was destroyed by a fire in June 2017.

In a letter sent to residents dated August 30, Kimberley De Vergori, head of housing at Sanctuary Housing, said fire safety of the new cladding is a "primary concern".

She told the Guardian: “We will be removing and replacing the cladding at Gallery Court and have been working closely with specialist consultants, fire safety experts and the National House Building Council to ensure the design and technical specification of the new cladding system is of the highest possible standard. The local authority is aware of our plans and when they are finalised approval will be sought.

“We have written to residents to provide an update and to confirm that they will not be charged for any of this work. We have also reassured them that the block remains compliant with current building regulations and that the aluminium composite cladding used at Gallery Court is different to the type on the Grenfell Tower.

“Our aim is for the work to cause as little disruption to the lives of residents as possible and until all the work is completed we will continue to pay for a waking watch at the block as an additional fire safety measure.”

In her letter to residents, Ms De Vergori said the housing association has had to work through implications of the new cladding on the structure of the building, heat insulation, noise insulation and appearance.

She said the development of the new cladding proposals has involved working with National House Builders Council and Building Control. Gallery Court is covered by a warranty provided by National House Builders Council and the original construction was monitored and signed off by Building Control.

An open day will be organised in due course, the housing association told residents. More details will be announced in early October.