Bill to replace housing block cladding after Grenfell disaster 'could top £600m'

Bill to replace housing block cladding after Grenfell disaster 'could top £600m'

Bill to replace housing block cladding after Grenfell disaster 'could top £600m'

Dozens of high-rise apartment towers fail fire safety tests in the aftermath of London's Grenfell tragedy.

Tower blocks housing thousands of people across England are being urgently tested to check if their outer coverings pose a serious fire risk following the Grenfell Tower disaster, with almost a dozen already testing positive for combustible material.

The announcement came as around 3,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, face weeks in temporary accommodation after four tower blocks were evacuated.

Cladding samples from 60 high-rise blocks in 25 local authorities examined by the Building Research Establishment have failed a combustibility test.

At least 79 people died last week when the fire spread quickly through the 24-story public housing tower.

More than 100 high-rise housing blocks in Wandsworth are to be fitted with sprinkler systems in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster it was announced on Friday (23 June).

Work has already begun to remove cladding from nine tower blocks in Pendleton over safety concerns.

Three towers were found to have similar rain screen panels on their cladding as Grenfell Tower, but a non-combustible insulation material.

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The government has called on all building owners, public and private, to submit samples of cladding material used on their buildings for testing.

He said there was "not a chance in hell" that residents "will have the semblance of confidence in that council until they see a change in leadership".

The fire led to the deaths of 79 people.

Refurbishment of the Chalcots Estate was overseen by Rydon, the company involved in the refit of Grenfell Tower, according to the Rydon website.

Javid said: "All landlords and fire and rescue services for these local authorities have been alerted to the results and we are in touch with all of them to support and monitor follow-up action". Both have experienced serious fires in recent years and in both cases the fires were contained within individual flats and did not spread anywhere else, suggesting that the design of the building, the method of installing the cladding and the materials used, stood up to the fire and prevented its spread to other parts of the building.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the government had arranged to test cladding on "all relevant tower blocks" following the deadly June 14 inferno. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that every single piece of cladding sent for testing so far has failed to meet standards.

The new figure is a significant jump from the 34 high-rise buildings in England deemed unsafe by the government on Saturday.

Residents challenged Georgia Gould, leader of the council, yesterday over plans for evacuation, and about 200 people were refusing to leave the tower blocks until they were told that they would have somewhere to go. Survivors can not believe that the death toll has not risen.

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