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Safety first

by Natalie Vincent Tue 2 January 2018, 2:51 pm

Work to replace flammable cladding and install fire doors at a 12-storey tower block in Hounslow was completed in November, following recommendations made in the wake of the Grenfell tower fire tragedy that claimed 71 lives.

Image courtesy of d+b facades

A report commissioned Department of Communities and Local Government informed Hounslow Council, six weeks after the 14 June fire, that aluminium composite material cladding used on Clements Court in Cranford failed the Building Research Establishment [BRE] combustion test and that it "would be removed as a matter of urgency".

The tower block was completely re-clad with solid aluminium panels, with upgraded doors, firebreaks and fresh mineral wood insulation installed within 18 weeks of the tragedy.

An event, attended by residents and political officials to mark the completion of the works, was held at Clements Court on 17 November by cladding contractors d+b facades, with council leader Steve Curran fitting the last panel.

Speaking to GetWestLondon, Curran said: "The council is committed to improving council housing in the borough and to tackling fire safety issues.

"The significant improvements at Clements Court were made possible so promptly, due to the co-operation of residents and hard work of council staff and contractors. Together we have achieved a great deal in a short time."

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