Our work continues in relation to fire safety in our high-rise blocks and the safety of our residents remains our highest priority.
In our update on 1 August 2017, we informed you that cladding samples from all of our 16 high-rise blocks with the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding had been sent to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for a second phase of testing.
We have now had the results which are as follows:
Letters have been delivered to inform residents of all blocks of these results.
These results will inform our in-depth internal review into fire safety and will help us to determine the most suitable replacement for the cladding which has not been decided yet. We are looking into all options and will be working with our Board and appointed contractor and we will also be commissioning an independent validation of the options to ensure that we make the correct decisions.
We are considering products such as stone, cement, clay, brick and plain metal as well as the category 1 ACM with a fire retardant polyethylene filler outlined above, which has now passed the second round of testing. Each block is unique and will be reviewed on an individual basis. We will communicate with residents in each block once we have more detailed information, as the approach will be different at each block depending upon the test results, how much cladding there is and where it is.
The additional safety measures already outlined are underway, including the comprehensive Type 3 and 4 Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) and the installation of fire alarms at all hi-rise blocks.
While we appreciate that residents will naturally have concerns, measures are in place to ensure resident safety, including the 'wakeful watch', which will remain in place 24/7 until fire alarms have been installed.
We appreciate the continued support and patience of our high-rise residents at this time and we ask that you continue to raise any issues of concern with your caretakers.
For further information, please see our frequently asked questions.