United Kingdom to test hospitals and schools for flammable cladding

United Kingdom to test hospitals and schools for flammable cladding

Workers remove cladding from Whitebeam Court, in Pendleton, Manchester, Monday June 26, 2017.

FIRE safety checks on tall buildings across East Lancashire are continuing in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 79 are feared dead.

Council workers help residents evacuate the Taplow residential tower in Camden, north London.

Mr James said: ‘We have undertaken an inspection of the 11 high-rise buildings in Jersey [owned by Andium] and we can confirm that Andium Homes has not used the cladding or insulation systems installed at Grenfell Tower, or any similar cladding made of aluminium-composite material that is now subject to testing by the Building Research Establishment in the UK.

Flammable cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower will be removed from a block at the Woodberry Down Estate, it has been confirmed.

The statement said, “Arconic is discontinuing global sales of Reynobond PE for use in high-rise applications”. The company also makes another style of cladding — Reynobond FR — which is fire-resistant.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, issues have arisen “regarding code compliance of cladding systems”, it added.

“We will continue to fully support the authorities as they investigate this tragedy”, the company said.

“The loss of lives, injuries and destruction following the Grenfell Tower fire are devastating, and we would like to express our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this tragedy”.

Of 600 buildings with some form of cladding, at least 75 have submitted samples which have failed the Government tests.

Communities minister Sajid Javid told the Commons that the so-called combustibility test had been failed by every building examined so far.

“For example…some of the families have first asked for something in Kensington as close as possible to where they lived but then when they have been shown the home and they see the tower and what is left of it, they have changed their minds and quite understandably said, ‘Look, we would like to have some other options, ‘” he said.

All the samples submitted so far – coming from 95 buildings around England – have failed fire safety standards.

The Government previously said it could test around 100 samples a day.

Javid said the figure recognizes that small charities and not-for-profit organizations are making a contribution to the relief effort.

The funding is in addition to 5 million pounds provided for the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund.