Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower earlier this month, last week we informed our tower block residents that cladding samples from these buildings had been sent for testing to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) who are acting on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Tests of cladding samples were ordered following concerns about cladding made of Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM), which is used in 16 of our 17 tower blocks. We have now had the results from five blocks and can confirm that, like many others across the country, the samples have failed the tests.
To date, the cladding samples which we have been notified have failed the tests are from the following tower blocks:
Westcott Court, Hulme
Platt Court, Rusholme
Fulton Court, Hulme
Worsley Court, Rusholme
Duffield Court, Hulme
Our staff have visited customers in all of these blocks today (26 June) to inform them of these results. As we receive the test results for each of the remaining tower blocks we will communicate this information to residents of those blocks immediately.
A contractor has been appointed to remove the ACM cladding as soon as possible and we are liaising with Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. We all want to ensure that all necessary safety measures are in place to avoid the need for homes to be evacuated for any period.
Until additional safety measures are in place to enhance our existing arrangements, 24-hour security is now in operation in every tower block to provide a ‘wakeful watch’ to raise the alarm and manage the building evacuation in the event of a fire.
We appreciate that this news may cause some concern, particularly for our tower block residents. We will therefore be sending additional staff to all tower blocks for the next few weeks so that we have people on site to answer residents’ questions. We will also be holding drop-in sessions throughout the week for block residents starting this afternoon (Monday 26 June).