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 and can confirm that, like many others across the country, the samples from all of our blocks that are clad with the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) have failed the tests.
To confirm, this covers the following tower blocks:
Our staff visited customers in all of these blocks yesterday (26 June) to inform them of these results. A contractor has been instructed to remove the ACM cladding and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting all 16 tower blocks today (27 June) to undertake in depth safety assessments. We will act on the advice of the Fire Service to ensure that all necessary safety measures are in place to avoid the need for homes to be evacuated for any period.
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 have been holding drop-in sessions since yesterday (Monday 26 June) and these will continue throughout the week for block residents.