Where have cladding fire tests failed?

Where have cladding fire tests failed?

  • 27 June 2017
  • From the section UK

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People have been evacuated from tower blocks in north London

Cladding on 95 high-rise buildings across 32 local authority areas in England has failed fire safety tests, latest figures confirm.

The government announced plans to carry out tests on 600 buildings around the country after the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington on 14 June.

Details are continuing to emerge on the number of high-rise buildings and their locations.


Barnet, north London

Cladding that was put up on three towers in Granville Road in 2012 is to be removed after failing the tests.

Councillor Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council, said the panels were similar to those used in Grenfell but the insulation material used was non-combustible.

“In addition, fire stops have been installed at each floor level and around each window,” he said.

“While the difference in the cladding system at Granville Road mitigates the fire risk, we are not prepared to take any chances with the safety of residents.”

Brent, north-west London

A housing association tower block has cladding that failed the safety tests – but London Fire Brigade has advised it is not a risk.

Elizabeth House does have extra safety features, such as sprinklers, so Brent Council has said there is no immediate risk to residents.

A decision is due to be made soon on whether to remove all the cladding.

Camden, north London

Residents have been evacuated from four blocks on the Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage.

Camden Council said it was forced to do so because not only did the external cladding fail testing, but there were multiple other fire safety failures as well.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said more than 1,000 fire doors were missing from five blocks in the borough and a number of stairways were not accessible.

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Cladding panels have been removed at tower blocks around the country

Doncaster

Decorative window capping is to be removed from a high-rise block in Doncaster, the local council has said.

Doncaster Council said the capping on the external stairwell windows of Silverwood House was being removed as a precaution, adding in a letter to the residents: “We do not believe there is any danger.”

The capping was found to have “some fire retardant properties”, the letter added.

It follows a review of the fire risk of the council’s nine blocks of flats alongside the fire service.

Hounslow, west London

Outer cladding is being removed from Clements Court tower in Cranford.

Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran said: “The outer shell cladding is made up of two thin aluminium sheets with polyethylene filler in between them.”

However, he said the insulation material was non-combustible – unlike that in Grenfell.

He said the council was now looking into how “best and swiftly” the cladding can be removed.

Islington, north London

The council is to remove cladding from Braithwaite House after it was found to have Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

It says it is also stepping up safety measures which include fire safety patrols taking place day and night until the panels are removed.

The local authority also sent samples of cladding from blocks on the Harvist Estate and Brunswick Estate but have yet to have the results back.

Lambeth, south London

The council sent samples from all 31 of its blocks that are fully or partially clad and more than six storeys.

The government has confirmed that a sample from one of its buildings has failed the fire safety test.

Lambeth Council has yet to say which high-rise block it affects or what action it will take.

Manchester

A spokesman for One Manchester housing group said it was taking “immediate action” to remove all cladding made from aluminium composite materials.

In total, 16 of the housing group’s high-rise tower blocks have failed safety tests. The company previously said it would remove cladding from five of their buildings but added its insulation was not flammable.

It said there are no current evacuation plans for the blocks – Westcott Court, Duffield Court and Fulton Court in Hulme and Platt Court and Worsley Court in Rusholme, Manchester.

Elsewhere in Manchester, 78 panels are being removed from one area of the Village 135 development in Wythenshawe.

The new building has decorative cladding on its top levels in one part, and tests have shown it could be made of similar materials to those at Grenfell Tower.

Merseyside

Two high-rise buildings in Merseyside have failed fire tests and cladding is being “removed immediately”, a housing firm has said.

The cladding, on Cygnet and Wren House on St James Drive, Bootle, will be removed to ensure the safety of tenants “as a precautionary measure”, landlords One Vision Housing said.

The government confirmed two buildings in Sefton had been identified as being at risk.

Newham, east London

Three tower blocks in the borough were found to have panels that caused concern, the Department for Communities and Local Government said.

One has been named as Ferrier Point.

Norwich

A block of flats in Norwich has failed a fire safety test, while four more are being tested.

Brennan Bank, a development near Norwich City Football Club, was the first to be tested and residents have been told remedial work is planned soon.

Broadland Housing said cladding at Brennan Bank contained a aluminium composite material.

Oxford

Oxford City Council has said that two tower blocks will have their cladding removed, to be replaced with “non-combustible material”.

The rain-screen cladding on Evenlode and Windrush Towers, in Blackbird Leys, has been identified as “a risk” after testing.

Neither building will have to be evacuated.

Plymouth

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The Mount Wise towers are a landmark in Plymouth’s Devonport area

Three blocks on the Mount Wise Tower estate were found to have cladding made from similar material to Grenfell Tower, which is due to be removed in the next few days.

John Clark, chief executive of Plymouth Community Homes, said that in addition to current safety systems, extra measures were being introduced such as a sprinkler system, which would be installed in the next few months.

Portsmouth

The city council is removing cladding from Horatia House and Leamington House in Somerstown “as a precautionary measure”.

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Aluminium composite material cladding has been found on Horatia House

Salford

Twelve blocks of flats will have cladding removed following tests in Salford.

Residents in nine blocks of flats, containing more than 850 flats, have been told cladding will be removed from their tower blocks.

Aluminium composite material (ACM) will be removed from each of the blocks.

A further three high-rise buildings in Salford have since failed the government’s cladding fire tests, said the city mayor.

Mayor Paul Dennett said cladding at Arthur Millwood Court, Canon Hussey Court and Blackfriars Court “hadn’t met requirements” and would be removed.

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The cladding is thought to have been added to the three blocks at Kennedy Gardens in 2014

Sheffield

Sheffield City Council said cladding installed in a refurbishment of the 16-storey Hanover House, in Broomhall, had failed tests and would be taken down.

The council said the cladding was not the same type used at Grenfell Tower.

The council has already pledged to install sprinkler systems in its 24 tower blocks.

Stockton-on-Tees

Work to remove cladding from three buildings at Kennedy Gardens in Billingham will begin “as soon as physically possible”, a social housing company has said.

“We had specified that the cladding should be fire-retardant, and following tests that have shown that this is not the case,” Thirteen Group chief executive Ian Wardle said.

The social housing company said it was safe enough for residents to remain in their homes.

Sunderland

Cladding on five high-rise buildings in Sunderland has been removed.

Housing association, Gentoo, said the material had been removed as a “precautionary measure, even though none of its buildings had the same cladding as Grenfell Tower

A statement from company said: “We took the precautionary measure to remove a small amount of decorative panelling from five of our blocks in the St Peter’s area.”

Tower Hamlets, east London

Tower Hamlets Council said cladding on Denning Point tower block “did not fully comply with the requirements” of the safety tests.

The building has the fire retardant version of the ACM panels, according to a joint statement from the council and owners EastendHomes.

A 24/7 fire patrol has been introduced to inspect communal areas through the night.

Wandsworth, south London

Two buildings with cladding have failed fire safety tests in Wandsworth, according to the government.

The local council is to remove cladding from Castlemaine Tower in Battersea.

London Fire Brigade has said it is safe for residents to remain in the building while the work is carried out.

The council will also deploy two fire marshals who will remain in the block 24 hours a day as an additional safety measure.

The second high-rise affected has yet to be named.